January 1, 1994. The day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect. A few minutes after midnight in Southeastern Mexico, several thousand Mayan soldiers take over half the state of Chiapas, declaring a war against the global corporate power they say rules Mexico. They call themselves the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). ZAPATISTA is the definitive look at the uprising in Chiapas. It is the story of a Mayan peasant rebellion armed with sticks and their word against a first world military. It is the story of a global movement that has fought 175,000 federal troops to a stand still and transformed Mexican and international political culture forever. Narration by: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Darryl Hannah, Edward James Olmos and Geronimo Pratt. Featuring interviews with: Subcomandante Marcos, Noam Chomsky, Comandante Tacho, David and Zebedeo, Mayor Insurgente Ana Maria, Javier Elorriaga, Zach de la Rocha and more. Music by Rage Against the Machine.
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I just watched this documentary and I really enjoyed it. This documentary is structured in a genius and compelling way, using various documentary forms including observational, education, poetic, and participatory to give us access to a world we have probably never been or seen before. It has inspired me to make a personal and thought provoking documentary about the Bracero Workers Program of the 1950's in the US. Although "Zapatista" was shot 15 years ago, the social and political issue here is relevant still today and is part of today's political agenda in the US. Even more today, so many policies are designed to service private interested and profits over the people and world. It's one of those films that you just watch it and share it with your friends over and over again. Documentaries like this one can make this world a better place.