#ElijoDignidad – I Choose Dignity.

Pamela Yates, the film maker from Skylight, has featured a short film, Cho Ukayib’al (To Look Deeply), as part of her contribution to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 12th.

The film is by Andrea Ixchíu Hernández and the Colectivo Elijo Dignidad (I Choose Dignity Collective) and is showing as part of the International Invisible Film Festival 2020 in Bilbao.

In addition to the film, there is an interview with Andrea Ixchíu Hernández, a Maya K’iche’ ​leader,​ ​journalist,​ ​law student,​ ​and human​ ​rights​ ​activist,​ ​and​ ​was the​ ​youngest​ ​woman​ ​elected​ ​as​ ​a​ ​tribal​ ​leader​ ​in​ ​her highland​ ​community​ ​of Totonicapán. In the interview, Andrea also mentions that she and family members were attacked recently by illegal loggers in the ancestral forest of Totonicapán.

You can read the full interview, with links and other information, here, on the Skylight website.

You can read more about Andrea, here, also on the Skylight website.

Skylight films is responsible for the great film trilogy ‘When The Mountains Tremble’, ‘Granito: How to Nail A Dictator’; and ‘500 Years’, and you can find out more about them here.

*Indigenous Peoples’ Day began as a counter-celebration held on the same day as the U.S. Federal Holiday, Columbus Day.



Categories: Culture, Environment, Gender, Genocide, Guatemala, Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Land, Military, Mining, Poverty, Resource Extraction, Solidarity in Action, Video, Violence

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