A Place Called Chiapas (1998)

A Place Called Chiapas




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While Mexico's indigenous peoples have been struggling for years to gain political representation and economic justice, their battles came to a head on January 1, 1994, when a militant political faction, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (or EZLN), led by a mysterious man known only as Subcommandante Marcos, led a massive raid that took control of five villages and 500 ranches in Mexico. The EZLN's actions were in protest of the ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Manfred Becker, Nettie Wild
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 19, 2005

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Critic Reviews for A Place Called Chiapas

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

As enigmatic as its subject material, the documentary makes the place seem like a cross between a new Revolutionland area of Disneyland and a local folk festival.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Internet Reviews

An important film that demands national exposure, although it's weaknesses are all too clear to an educated observer.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for A Place Called Chiapas

"A Place Called Chiapas" is a documentary wherein a Canadian/Mexican film crew travels to the Chiapas region of Mexico for an international conclave thrown by the rebel Zapatista forces, and are surprised that they are asked for identification when entering a war zone. The results are mixed to say the least. While I have no problem with a lot of the focus being on the Zapatistas' peasant supporters who are persecuted and repessed by government funded militias and end up getting caught in the middle(Peace talks are stalled by the government's bureaucracy and the Zapatistas' democracy which involves five separate languages.), the filmmakers are much less successful in getting underneath the skin of the Zapatistas' themselves and their enigmatic leader Sub Commandante Marcos, even with a certain level of access. That might not entirely be the filmmakers' fault as the Zapatistas' seem to thrive on a certain level of mystery which could prove frustrating, also to their supporters. They were also one of the first movements to take full advantage of the internet as a marketing tool in the days after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before every other word out of the powers that be turned out to be 'terrorist.'

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Good documentary about a conflict that briefly came to the world's attention thanks to the wonderful tactics of Subcomandante Marcos. Seeing it now several years later however, one wonders if the plight of the people of Chiapas has improved or not.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

An excellent film! This is most memorable and a very interesting topic about the people in Chiapas!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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