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Film Screening: AMA – THE MEMORY OF TIME

[A continuación en español]

Saturday October 19th, 6:30 pm

Join us for a documentary screening of AMA – THE MEMORY OF TIME. Discussion with filmmakers Daniel Flores Y Ascencio to follow.

AMA – The MEMORY OF TIME is a documentary film based on the life and death of Jose Feliciano Ama, a spiritual grandmaster, leader and chief of the Izalcos, a Nahuat-Pipil Nation in western El Salvador. This is the story of his family and survivors of the 1932 genocide. Don Juan Ama, nephew of Jose Feliciano, tells the story in an attempt to clear his uncle’s name from historical inaccuracies and restore the family and tribe’s dignity.

EL SALVADOR 1932, “La Matanza” is how Salvadoreños refer to a series of massacres that killed an estimated 30.000 of Indigenous people in January 1932. Conducted under the leadership of General Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez, the event marked the beginning of a 13 years brutal regime and paved the way for military dominance for the next several decades. For Indigenous people, “La Matanza”, was the last chapter in a series of policies and reforms beginning in the 1920’s that sought to privatize ancestral/communal lands as El Salvador transition to an extractive coffee producing economy.

We are showing this film during the month of October, where Indigenous People’s Day sits, squarely to remind ourselves of how collective memory informs and strengthens present action and resistance. 

Read an interview with the director online.

Sabado 19 de Octubre, 6:30 pm

The Interference Archive te invita a la proyección del documental AMA: La Memoria del tiempo. Con conversación después con director y productor Daniel Flores Y. Ascencio. 

Para decadas, Salvadoreños han estado en debate intenso sobre “ la matanza,” una serie de massacres que mataron un estimado 30,000 personas indigenas en Enero de 1932. El genocidio ocurio bajo el liderazgo de Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez y marco la entrada a su regimen brutal de 13 años. Para mucha gente indigena “la matanza” fue el último capítulo en una serie de reformas a partir de los 20’s con fin de privatizar tierra ancestra y comunal, para servir una economía extractiva de producción de cafe.

Proyectamos este documental en el mes de Octubre — en los Estados Unidos el 12 de Octubre se celebra “el día de la gente indigena — para reflexionar como la memoria colectiva informa y puede fortalecer los movimientos y resistencia del presente. 

Para leer una entrevista con el director: https://bombmagazine.org/articles/daniel-flores-y-ascencio/

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