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Oaxaca Solidarity Event! Film and Director: Blossoms of Fire

Date:
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Time:
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Event Type:
Screening
Organizer/Author:
Karin
Email:
Phone:
707-696-1694
Location Details:
Free Mind Media
546 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa
(off Mendocino)

Hey folks!

FILM NIGHT!
"Blossoms of Fire"
Presented by director Maureen Gosling, who has just
returned from Oaxaca! Updates, discussion and
traditional Oaxacan foods will follow the film.
Contact Karin for more info: 696-1694

FILM SYNOPSIS:
Celebrates the extraordinary lives of the Isthmus
Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca, Mexico. The Isthmus
Zapotecs, whose culture is rooted in a strong work
ethic and fierce independent streak, have resulted not
only in powerful women, but also in the region's
progressive politics and an unusual tolerance of
alternative gender roles. Artists like Miguel
Covarrubias and Frida Kahlo have often celebrated and
rendered tribute in their paintings to the legendary
beauty of the woman of Juchitan. These brightly
colored, opinionated women run their own businesses,
embroider their signature of fiery flowers on clothing
and comment with angry humor on articles in the
foreign press that flippantly an inaccurately depict
them as a promiscuous matriarchy. Their lives may be
hard, and maintaining Zapotec culture and language may
be an ongoing battle, but it is plain that not one of
these individuals--man, woman, young, old, gay or
straight--would willingly change places with anyone in
the first world.
Added to the calendar on Mon, Jan 8, 2007 3:03PM
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