Defending Land, Ocean and Air

  • October 18, 2018

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Autonomy & Authority

Indigenous locals in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec resist the construction of destructive windfarms on their traditional lands.

Dispatches from Resistant Mexico is a series of short documentaries from southern Mexico, each depicting one of the thousands of pockets of resistance throughout Latin America that are in struggle against what the Zapatistas call “the capitalist hydra”.

These individuals and communities affirm a way life in opposition to capitalist economics and values. They fight the devastating neoliberal “development” and “mega-projects” that loot resources and land from indigenous communities and threaten forms of life that have survived despite 500 years of colonization.

The resistance shares many of the principles and goals of the Zapatistas: autonomy from the capitalist economy, communalist self-government rooted in indigenous collective traditions, an end to the subordination of women and a respectful, life-affirming, non-dominating relation to nature. Indigenous women are at the forefront of many of these ongoing struggles.


Defending Land, Ocean and Air — the second dispatch of the series — looks at the transnational corporations that are building massives windfarms in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, claiming it is clean energy and will mitigate global warming. Testimonies by indigenous locals, however, highlight a darker side to this story.

This film gives a snapshot of the formidable struggles being waged to combat the destructive windfarms encroaching in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. These windfarms destroy flora and fauna, change weather patterns and encroach on the ways of life.


Dispatches from resistant Mexico

  1. Think from the Heart: the National Indigenous Congress in Mexico
  2. Defending Land, Ocean and Air
  3. Recovering from Disaster, Resisting Capitalism
  4. Angelina Lopez Gomez
  5. All of This, We’re Going to Defend

ROAR will be publishing the other dispatches of the series over the coming weeks.

Caitlin Manning

Caitlin Manning is a filmmaker, feminist and an anti-capitalist, anti-racist and anti-patriarchal grandmother. She is a recently-retired professor of film at CSU Monterey Bay, participant and video propagandist for various movements and radical groupings (student occupation movement, Occupy Oakland, Antifa actions, Prison Strike). She was the co-founder of Processed World magazine.

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Joe Bender

Sound-recordist and collaborator on the Dispatches-series, artist, surfer, member of the Tamarak collective (soon to open a radical space/café in downtown Oakland).

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