Land, Rain and Fire: Report From Oaxaca in Brooklyn

Friends of Brad Will and The Change You Want To See Gallery present a screening of the new video Land, Rain and Fire: Report From Oaxaca by Tami Gold and Gerardo Renique. A discussion of recent events in the Mexican state will follow.

Tuesday, November 28th, 7:30pm
The Change You Want To See Gallery
84 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
L to Bedford, G to Metropolitan, J/M/Z to Marcy
917-202-5479 or 646-221-7845

Report from Oaxaca
30 minutes

As the people’s movements in Latin America take center stage — LAND, RAIN and FIRE is a must-see!

What began as a teachers’ 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. LAND, RAIN and FIRE 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 has brought the state government to a standstill.


Tami Gold launched her carer in the Newsreel Film Collective of the anti-Vietnam War movement at the age of 20, and has since produced and directed over 20 films about controversial or often ignored subjects. Her work has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Film Institute’s International Film Festival, and the Whitney Museum among other venues. Her most recent film, EVERY MOTHERS SON, won an award at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival in New York and was shown on POV on PBS. The film also received an Emmy Nomination in 2005.

In 2001, Tami produced, directed (with Kelly Anderson) MAKING A KILLING, a documentary about the tobacco giant Philip Morris and their efforts to build their customer base by targeting children throughout the world.

This documentary was presented at the Slamdance Film Festival and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Outstanding Documentaries of the Year Film Series. In 1999, Tami produced and directed ANOTHER BROTHER, about an African American Vietnam veteran, which premiered at the Urban World Film Festival, won a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival, a CINE Golden Eagle Award, a Gold World Medal at the New York Festivals International Competition, 1st Place at The Athens International Film & Video Festival and had a national PBS broadcast in 1999 and 2002.

In 1997, she produced and directed OUT AT WORK: LESBIANS AND GAY MEN ON THE JOB (with Kelly Anderson) which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won many awards internationally and had televised in France, Italy, Poland, and Germany. She then remade the film for an HBO special – OUT AT WORK: AMERICA UNDERCOVER which won a CINE Golden Eagle Award and was selected Most Outstanding Documentary at the GLAAD Media Awards 2000. Some of her other works include SIGNED, SEALED & DELIVERED, PRESCRIPTION

She is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the American Film Institute (NEA), and she received the Excellence in the Arts award from the Manhattan Borough President. She is a Professor of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College (City University of New York).

Gerardo Renique is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the City College of the City University of New York. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Universidad Nacional Agraria, Lima, Peru where he obtained a B.S. in agronomy. He received a M.A. and a Ph.D in history from Columbia University in 1983 and 1990 respectively.

Professor Rénique’s research has focused on the modern and contemporary history of Peru and Mexico. His book Peru Time of Fear (Latin America Bureau: London, 1992) [co-authored] examines the political and social history of the Andean country from the 1960s to the 1990s. His current research on Peru examines the nature of Fujimori’s state formation and the political and cultural dynamics of the popular and antisystemic movements and political organizations that fueled the resistance and mobilization responsible for its recent fall. The main ideas and hypothesis guiding this research are presented in the recently published Popular Movements, the Legacy of the Left, and the Fall of Fujimori in Socialism and Democracy, # 28 (vol. 14, n.2, Fall/Winter, 2000).

His other of research concentrates of the Mexican border state of Sonora. Professor Rénique’s unpublished dissertation examines Sonora’s economic and social history between the 1850s and the advent of the 1910 revolution. At the moment he is completing a manuscript, provisionally titled Race, Region and Nation. Sonora’s Anti-Chinese Movement in the Formation of México’s Nation-State, on the relatively unknown anti-Chinese movement that during the 1920s and 1930s spread from the state of Sonora into the rest of the country. This book focuses on the relationship between this movement to the racial understandings and nationalist projects of the Sonoran revolutionary fraction that laid the foundations of México’s national state, governing party, cultural institutions and nationalist ideology during the 1920s and 1930s. Parts of this manuscript have been recently published as Anti-Chinese Racism, Nationalism and State Formation in Post-Revolutionary Mexico, Political Power and Social Theory, Vol. 14, 89-137, 2001; and as “Race, Region and Nation. Sonora’s Anti-Chinese Racism and México’s Post-Revolutionary Nationalism,” in Nancy Applebaum, Anne MacPherson, and Karin Alexandra (eds.) Race and Nation in Modern Latin America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming).


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