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Film: Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of a State Crime
Saturday, September 26, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm| Free
Film, music, discussion to mark 1st anniversary of disappeared 43 Ayotzinapa Teacher’s College students
Live music, a screening of the documentary film “Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of a State Crime,” public lectures, and a procession will mark one year since the forced disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa Teacher’s College students perpetrated by Mexican police and cartel members. The events coincide with a massive, pan-American day of action in which people across Mexico and throughout the hemisphere will demand that the students be returned alive.
On September 26, 2014 students from the Ayotzinapa Teacher’s College (Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College) were raising money to attend a protest in Mexico City when police and gunmen attacked them in the town of Iguala, Mexico. Three were killed, dozens were injured, and 43 student-teachers were forcefully disappeared, never to be seen again. The Mexican authorities’ bungled investigation only proved their desire to sweep away the problem, while families of the 43 disappeared students continue searching for their sons and exposing complicity at all levels of government and law enforcement in the crime. Since the Mexican government began its War on Drugs in 2006, an astounding 25,230 people have been disappeared and 150,000 confirmed dead. In response to the disappearance of the 43 students and the impunity that has defined the War on Drugs, people throughout the Americas proclaim: “It was the State!” “They took them alive; we want them back alive!”
The documentary film “Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of a State Crime” is directed by Xavier Robles and features interviews with students who survived the massacre and disappearances of September 26, 2014. The film reconstructs the climate of impunity, corruption and social decomposition – not just in the state of Guerrero – but across the narcostate of Mexico.
1pm – Events begin
2pm – Screening of “Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of a State Crime”
3:30pm – Live music
5pm – Procession to Alexandra Park (275 Bathurst St)
Need to know:
– Doors open at 12:50
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities
Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.