Democracía Indígena

© Lane
39 minutes / Colour / 2000
Directed by
Bruce Pacho Lane

Country of production Mexico United States

This film examines the indigenous rights revolution sweeping Mexico through the municipal elections in Huehuetla, Puebla. In 1989, the Huehuetla Totonacs formed the Organización Independiente Totonaca (OIT), and joined in an electoral alliance with the Partido de la Revolución Democratica (PRD). For ten years the OIT and the PRD carried out a non-violent revolution. The visible signs of this Totonac renaissance are the health clinics, schools, roads, drinking water and electricity. But the real change is in the new self-confidence and pride of the Totonacs themselves. The camera follows Cruz Garcia, an "expatriate" Totonac, as he returns to his community

Language and subtitles Spanish with English Subtitles

Region Central America

Country Mexico

Keywords Indigenous peoples / First Nations peoples Political Activists