PRESS RELEASE
4/13/99

"Zapatista," the Film, To Be Presented in Geneva Today
by International Educational Development/Humanitarian Law Project


This "... provocative, hip, graphic expose of an inspiring human struggle," (Andrew Davis, director of The Fugitive) will be screened in Geneva today by International Educational Development/Humanitarian Law Project in Geneva at 3 PM local time. It will be presented in Room XXI.

IED/HLP is in Geneva for the presentation of a statement to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights concerning the case of American political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is currently on death row, and other humanitarian issues. The statement was read to a full session of the UN Commission on Human Rights by Zack de la Rocha, of "Rage Against the Machine."

"Zapatista" includes interviews with Subcomandante Marcos, Noam Chomsky, Comandamtes David, Tacho and Zebedeo, Javier Elorriaga, Zack de la Rocha and Karen Parker of HLP. Narrators include Edward James Olmos, Darryl Hannah, Mumia Abu-Jamal and Geronimo Pratt. The soundtrack includes Rage Against the Machine, Neil Young, Ozomatli, Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Vadim and the Herbaliser and Silvio Rodriguez.

It was produced by Big Noise films, which was formed in the summer of 1996 when three students, armed with state-of-the-art digital cameras, went to Chiapas to create a documentary about the Mayan Indians of Mexico and their struggle for survival, rooted in over 500 years of resistance. Filmed behind Zapatista lines, this is an account of a guerrilla struggle unlike any other. A cast of rebel leaders, celebrity narrators, and North American activists combine with high-impact footage to reveal the heart of this ancient resistance and its relationship to today's global economy.

The Humanitarian Law project is a non-governmental organization, with consultative status at the United Nations. Their long-term objectives are to strengthen human rights standards ratified by nations around the globe.


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