This film was made in La Paz, Bolivia in April and May 2011.
The 21st century is characterized by globalization, a shrinking of the world through neoliberal economic policies and shared networks of information. Despite the exportation of Western values to the entire world and the legacy of hundreds of years of colonization, there too exists an active and creative resistance. Developing nations like Bolivia have enjoyed a thriving tradition of community media, and a new consciousness has emerged to organize this popular energy around the process of decolonization. One tool that has been used in Bolivia, a country with a majority indigenous population, to achieve true freedom and independence from its forced historical legacy is art and media technologies. This documentary film tells three stories. Starting with the history of indigenous filmmaking, Aymara filmmaker Patricio Luna explains the importance of reclaiming indigenous identity. Then, sociologist Silvia Rivera and her art collective demonstrate the physical realization of decolonization theory through the construction of a community center in La Paz. Finally, a group of young people in El Alto discusses their innovative community television project that seeks to create content that is meaningful and reflective for their own community.
This film was partially funded by a Undergraduate Research Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).
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