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Atenco: Breaking the Siege

A Documentary by Canal 6 de Julio and Promedios (47 minutes)

June 6, 2006

(Spanish-language video with English subtitles)

Watch/download the complete video: AVI (XviD) (high resolution, 297mb)

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PART I - Running Time: 14:43
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PART II - Running Time: 18:24
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PART III - Running Time: 14:14
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Synopsis (from the Canal 6 de Julio website):

This video analyzes the events in San Salvador Atenco during the first days of May, 2006 and denounces the violation of the civilian population’s human rights by state and federal police forces. The documentary deconstructs the mass media’s operating methods, which were responsible for creating a climate of fear and an information blockade on the events in San Salvador Atenco, in the midst of an especially delicate situation: the 2006 process of presidential succession in Mexico.

NOTE: Much of the violence in Atenco was captured by television cameras, but few outside of Mexico have seen this footage. The filmmakers present not only the in-the-street shots of police savagely beating “anything that moved,” but also clips of the commercial news anchors flagrantly calling out for more repression of the popular movement from the state. Combined with Canal 6 de Julio and Promedios’ own work investigating the scene in Atenco and interviewing many of the townspeople, this is a powerful document of a turning point in Mexican history.

The film is available for download from this website as a large, high-resolution AVI video file or broken down into three parts, in lower-resolution Windows Media and QuickTime formats for faster download.

According to Canal 6 de Julio and Promedios, the copying, distribution and use of this video is permitted for non-profit purposes, as long as full credit is given to the filmmakers.

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