Planting a seed

Planting a Seed: Autonomous Health in Chiapa
(Tzotzil, Tzeltal and Tojolabal w/English subtitles, 42 minutes, 2007)



The Zapatista autonomous communities have successfully formed their own health care system independent of the official system of the Mexican government. In Planting a Seed, health promoters and other community members describe how they run their own clinics, hold health workshops, and continue to use and preserve their traditional natural medicine while also incorporating Western medicine. What emerges is a new way of thinking about health care as a democratically built community effort for the benefit of all the people – not just the few that can afford to pay for it.