Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Latin American Film: Land, Rain and Fire
  • Film
  • 11/18/2007
  • 14:00-15:00
  • Spencer Museum of Art
Event Description
Sponsored by KU Latin American Studies
What began as a teacher's strike on May 22, 2006 for better wages and more resources for students has erupted into a massive movement for profound social change in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. This movie tells the story of the police attack on the morning of June 14th when more than fifty thousand teachers were camped out with their children. Dozens were hospitalized, But the attack backfired as public anger transformed the strike into an unprecedented democratic insurgency, demanding the resignation of the Governor and the creation of a new constitution. Hundreds of unions, indigenous and women’s organizations, neighborhood groups, students and professional associations came together and created APPO- The Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca- and a massive campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience have brought the state government to a standstill. Not Rated 28 minutes