Cherán

A quiet revolution is taking place in the P’urhépecha forest of Michoacán in Mexico, resulting in the consolidation of an Indigenous autonomous government. This film follows various activists and community members involved in the 2011 P’urhépecha uprising in Cherán. Doña Mela is a radio and community activist, expert in Indigenous traditional medicine. Her husband, Don Fidel, is a campesino working the land with traditional agriculture. Tata Meche is a librarian specialized in P’urhépecha history. Jesús Ángel is a poet and philosopher which along with ‘Diablo’ and many others, founded the local Indigenous police known as Ronda Comunitaria.

Following the tradition of cinema vérité, this film is a portrait of the everyday life of key members from the community involved in the P’urhépecha uprising. This ethnographic study explores issues of race, geography and class in their struggle for territorial jurisdiction and political autonomy. By combining experimental ethnography with cinema vérité, this documentary weaves in various geographies, landscapes and rural environments, from campesinos and local activists to Indigenous local militia.

 

Credits

Cherán
Color, Stereo
HD
70 mins.
2021

Directed by Victor Arroyo

CAST

Doña Imelda Campos Sebastian
Don Fidel Cucue Turja
Don Jose Merced Velazquez Pañeda
Jesús Ángel Pedroza
Heriberto Campos AKA ‘Diablo’
Salvador Torres Tomás

Sound design by Christian Olsen
Post-production by PRIM
Productions Réalisations Indépendantes de Montréal

 


Trailer 2 mins.

 

Production Support

MERST
Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, Recherche, Science et Technologie
Gouvernement du Québec
Canada

MEES
Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur
Gouvernement du Québec
Canada

Concordia University
Faculty of Fine Arts
Canada

El Colegio De Michoacan
Centro de Estudios en Geografia Humana
Mexico
2015 – 2018

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Financial Support

Canada Council for the Arts
Canada

PRIM
Programme Documentaire à Risque
Canada

MITACS
Mitacs Globalink Research Award
Canada

 

Exhibitions | Screenings

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino 2022

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Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival 2022

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BIENALSUR
International Biennial of Contemporary Art of the South 2021

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SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art 2021

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Festival de Cine Etnográfico de Ecuador 2021

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