Two Inspiring Short Films

By Jim Carey

Recently 200 citizens from the global north and south gathered in San Miguel de Allende for the Center for Global Justice’s Moving Beyond Capitalism conference, looking at alternatives to the current predatory corporate capitalism.

Maestra and Another World is Possible
At the Occupy San Miguel Meeting
Mon, Sep 8, 1pm
TV room
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15

It was inspiring, uplifting and hopeful to listen to women from Israel, China, Cuba and the Global North and South as well as Gustavo Esteva from our Mexico and from others all over our earth. Although their talks and videos are not available yet; Occupy San Miguel will show two short videos that convey that same wonderful exuberance and excitement that many of us felt during and after the event.

Maestra (Teacher) by Producer/Director Catherine Murphy is an eight-minute inspiring short story of three Cuban women in their 50s. In 1961 they joined the 100,000 Cuban youth who left their families and travelled to farms, sugar mills and plantations to teach literacy to their countrywomen and men. Today Cuba’s literacy rate is 99.8 percent – one of the highest in the world.

Another World is Possible, produced and directed by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin (attendees at the Moving Beyond Capitalism conference) is a 24-minute film which captured the January 2002 World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Melissa and Mark were there with 50,000 gathered to oppose corporate globalization and develop visions for the future. A featured speaker, Naomi Klein, spoke of seeing “greater inequality and greater disparity between and within nations. We’re seeing lower environmental and labor standards and higher fences and barriers, global fortresses instead of the promised global village.” Ricardo Navarro of El Salvador decried the “unequal consumption of resources, unfair trade and the unjust financial system…” “80 percent of the population is dispensable. The corporations want their land and resources.”

In hundreds of workshops people were taught how to work together for change. Their joyful song for a healthy environment, universal interdependent human rights and sustainable development come alive in this film. Their song is alive in their words:

Aqui um outro mundo e possivel se a gente quiser,” “Right here another world is possible, if people want it.” The films are free and as usual a discussion will follow.


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