Dec 042012
 

 

Emiliano Zapata (born in the pueblo of Anenecuilco in the Mexican state of Morelos on 9 August 1879), possibly the ‘purest embodiment’ of the Mexican Revolution, was betrayed and murdered in the patio of the Hacienda de San Juan, in Chinameca, on 10 April 1919.

Who, and what, was Zapata? This book describes what Emiliano Zapata sought to achieve—and just how much he and his compañeros of the Liberation Army of the South actually dld achieve, in Morelos and southern Mexico, between 1910 and 1920. It also includes an account of the evolution of the ejldos and common lands of that country. PHOTO ALBUM

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Oct 082011
 

See ChristieBooks Films:
A documentary about what it means to be an anarchist today in Mexico City, a city of 25 million inhabitants. It reminds us of the possibilities of other ways of living. Toby, now 50 years old, was a punk, and together with Marta, they run the Bilbioteca Social Reconstruir, a project launched by the Spanish anarchist Ricardo Mestre. The library contains files of considerable historical importance, as well as more than five thousand titles on the subject of anarchism. Here, Jacinto and Claudio, historians, studied anarchism, from the time of the Flores Magón brothers to today’s decrepit labor system; Ignacio started the Cultural Multiforum ‘Alicia’ 15 years ago The film has much to teach us about contemporary Mexico and a generation which is searching for another, more just world.

Sep 222011
 


Will Wyatt’s fascinating and insightul 1978 documentary of his search for the real identity of the writer B. Traven (1882-1969), now known to be the German anarchist Ret Marut, editor of Der Ziegelbrenner – and Otto Fige, born in Poznan, 1882

Sep 222011
 


Macario, a poor and hungry peasant, longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him to share his turkey, but he refuses all except Death. In return, Death gives him a bottle of water which will heal any illness. Soon, Macario is more wealthy than the village doctor, which draws the attention of the feared Inquisition.

Sep 142011
 

Crates (1970 – Alfredo Joskowicz) from Stuart Christie on Vimeo.

The story of a twentieth-century Mexican who, following the example of Crates of Thebes*, a disciple of Diogenes, renounces all his worldly goods and goes off with his partner to live in a cave — according to nature and without artificial rules and conventions— in search of freedom.

*Crates (Κράτης; c. 365-c. 285 BC) was a Cynic philosopher who gave away his money to live a life of poverty on the streets of Athens. His wife, Hipparchia of Maroneia, lived in the same austere manner. Respected by the people of Athens, he is remembered for being the teacher of Zeno of Citium the founder of Stoicism. Some fragments of Crates’ teachings survive, including his description of the ideal Cynic state. Cynics believed that the purpose of  life was to live virtuously in harmony with Nature. This meant rejecting all conventional desires for wealth, power, health and celebrity and by living a simple life free from all possessions. As reasoning creatures, people could gain happiness by rigorous training and by living in a way that was natural for humans. They believed that the world belonged equally to everyone, and that suffering was caused by false judgments of what was valuable and by the worthless customs and conventions that pervaded society.

Dec 042010
 

Sergei Eisenstein shot ¡Que viva México! in Mexico in 1931 during the Great Depression, a project  financed by the author Upton Sinclair, his wife Mary Craig and a  few  friends. The economic crisis forced Sinclair to halt the project in early 1932, but fortunately most of the work was completed before Stalin summoned Eisenstein back to Moscow.

Sinclair promised Eisenstein that he would send him the negatives to enable him to do the final editing in Moscow, but with the director suspected of Trotskyist deviationism Mosfilm was instructed not to allow the film into the country. Eisenstein got off lightly, considering, but he was prevented from making films for several years, during which time he taught at the State Film School. Stalinist propaganda blamed Upton Sinclair for the non appearance of ¡Que viva México!

Two films were made using Eisenstein’s film footage, with Sinclair’s permission: Thunder over Mexico made in 1933 by Sol Lesser and Time in the Sun, made by Mary Seton in 1939/40. In the 1950s, Sinclair deposited Eisenstein’s unedited material with the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Many film-historians believe  ¡Que viva México! to be one of Eisenstein’s greatest films. ¡