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Our Word: The Story of San Francisco de Moxos
Producer: CEFREC/CAIB
1999
Color
22 minutes
Bolivia
English subtitles

Our Word: The Story of San Francisco de Moxos

Nuestra Palabra: La Historia de San Francisco de Moxos
In this docudrama, elders of the San Francisco de Moxos community tell the story of the courageous pioneers who founded their village in the Bolivian Amazons and the indigenous “cabildo”, or neighborhood council, that defended their territory from the influence of outsiders, or “carayanas”.

TWN is proud to release the work of the Bolivian indigenous media collective CEFREC/CAIB. Since 1996, CAIB (Bolivian Indigenous Peoples’ Audiovisual Council) and CEFREC (Cinematography Education and Production Center) have been at the forefront of indigenous cinema in Latin America, producing a vast catalog of documentaries, docudramas and fiction films for local indigenous communities. Although the work of CEFREC/CAIB has been featured in numerous international film festivals outside Bolivia, this unique collection has not been available for purchase outside the local Bolivian market until now.
Reviews
"Members of a highland Aymara community give an account of their history since the 1930s, focusing on their attempt to maintain control of their land." - Nativenetworks.com
“Video becomes a crucial technology for the reinvention of indigenous cultures, directed against the effects of the long-standing discrimination of indigenous people, languages, medicinal practices, as well as their social and economic relations.” - Freya Schiwy, Decolonizing the Frame: Indigenous Video in the Andes
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