Monday, June 15, 2009

Reminder: Two Upcoming NYC Screenings of "A Country of Peoples Without Owners: The Indigenous and Popular Minga 2008

WBAI’s Wake Up Call & First Voices – Indigenous Radio, in collaboration with Deep Dish TV and the Movement for Peace in Colombia, present the New York Premiere of the long-anticipated documentary

A Country of Peoples Without Owners:
The Indigenous and Popular Minga of 2008

Mark your calendars for two important screening dates:

Monday, June 29th at 7:00pm
The Labowitz Theater of NYU
(715 Broadway at Washington Place) in Manhattan;


Wednesday, July 1st at 7:00pm
La Terraza 7 Train Café,
(40-19 Gleane Street, near 83rd St. & Roosevelt Ave.)
in Jackson Heights, Queens

Colombia will never be the same after those 61 historic days of the “Indigenous and Popular Minga,” which was initiated on October 11th 2008, and culminated in a massive rally in the Simón Bolivar Plaza in downtown Bogotá on a rainswept afternoon in late November. From the department of Cauca, people of dignity rose up, united together with the “other Colombia,” to walk the word of resistance. The government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe confronted this peaceful mobilization with force, resulting in at least two deaths and 120 wounded, some severely.

This documentary shows us what happens when the poorest and most marginal people confront, without weapons, the most powerful regime of Latin America. The response is apparent in the wisdom of the five-point agenda that provided the fuel for the Popular Minga.

The film “A Country of Peoples: Without Owners” was conceptualized, written, edited and produced by the Communication Team of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca, ACIN. Proceeds from both events will be used to help get ACIN’s community radio station Radio Payumat, back on the air after it was sabotaged in late December.

The screenings will also feature the documentary “HUMAN FACES BEHIND THE RAIN FOREST,” a film that gives direct testimony of the drama lived by the peasant and indigenous people in Colombia, as a result of the social crisis caused by the harvesting of the poppy crop, produced and directed by Colombian film maker and journalist Mady Samper, who will also be present.

Both events will be hosted by WBAI’s Mario Murillo, host of Friday Wake UP Call, and Tiokasin Ghosthorse, host of First Voices-Indigenous Radio.

For more information, call (212) 209-2978 OR VISIT