Dispatches from Resistant Mexico is a series of short documentaries from southern Mexico, each depicting one of the thousands of pockets of resistance throughout Latin America that are in struggle against what the Zapatistas call “the capitalist hydra.” These individuals and communities affirm a way life in opposition to capitalist economies and values. They fight the devastating neoliberal “development” and “mega-projects” that loot resources and land from indigenous communities and threaten forms of life that have survived despite 500 years of colonization. The resistance shares many of the principles and goals of the Zapatistas: autonomy from the capitalist economy, communalist self-government rooted in indigenous collective traditions, an end to the subordination of women and a respectful, life-affirming, non-dominating relation to nature. Indigenous women are at the forefront of many of these ongoing struggles. Dispatches from Resistant Mexico is directed by Caitlin Manning in collaboration with Joe Bender.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Caitlin Manning is a filmmaker, organizer, and grandmother who has been involved in feminist, anti-racist, and anticapitalist struggles, including Antifa and anti-prison organizing, Occupy Oakland, and the student occupation movement in California. She was professor of film at CSU Monterey Bay until 2017 and co-founder of Processed World magazine. Caitlin was raised in Mexico and currently lives in San Francisco and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
Joe Bender is a sound recordist, artist, and surfer based in San Francisco, California. He is collaborator on the Despachos series and member of the Tamarak collective, a radical space in Oakland.