Walking Towards the Dawn


Walking Towards the Dawn: The memory, resistance and hope of the communities displaced by war in Chiapas
(Tzotzil and Spanish w/English subtitles, 2001, 46:00)


Walking Towards the Dawn was produced for the Human Rights Center Fray Bartolome de las Casas based in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. Walking Towards the Dawn presents the Center’s work with indigenous communities displaced by paramilitary violence in the state. There are interviews with Bishop Samuel Ruiz and staff who discuss their programs that have provided important psychological counselling to these communities to help them to deal with the devastating effects of paramilitary violence and displacement. The video documents workshops that were conducted with the survivors of the Acteal massacre, who are members of the non-violent group “Las Abejas” located in the Highlands. Also included are interviews with community members from the north of Chiapas who speak about the paramilitary violence in their regions.


2001 Free Speech TV, Boulder, Colorado, USA

2002 CineEco, Portugal

2002 Peace and Human Security Festival, New York, NY USA

2002 International Human Rights Film and Video Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2002 Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, New York City, NY USA

2003 Amnesty International Film Festival, Hollywood, CA USA

2003 International Film Festival of Human Rights, Spain

2004 DerHumALC Barcelona, Spain