January 1, 1994. The day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect. A few minutes after midnight in Southeastern Mexico, several thousand Mayan soldiers take over half the state of Chiapas, declaring a war against the global corporate power they say rules Mexico. They call themselves the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN).Zapatista is the definitive look at the uprising in Chiapas. It is the story of a Mayan peasant rebellion armed with sticks and their word against a first world military. It is the story of a global movement that has fought 175,000 federal troops to a stand still and transformed Mexican and international political culture forever.Narration by: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Darryl Hannah, Edward James Olmos and Geronimo Pratt.Featuring interviews with: Subcomandante Marcos, Noam Chomsky, Comandante Tacho, David and Zebedeo, Mayor Insurgente Ana Maria, Javier Elorriaga, Zach de la Rocha and more.Music by Rage Against the Machine.
The events of January 1, 1994 form the focus for this explosive documentary. Chiapas in Mexico is the location; an area of Mexico that was overrun by Zapatista soldiers on that fateful night. The North American Free Trade Agreement had come into effect on the stroke of midnight, leading to the Zapatista's uprising. Fighting against some impressive military might, this relatively ill-equipped organization moved impressively, and forever left an indelible mark on this region of Mexico. Aiming to represent the people of their country, while also fighting against the inherent evil which they believe lies behind major corporations, the Zapatista's story is a remarkable tale. The events of January 1st are explicitly outlined here, while experts such as Noam Chomsky offer their comments on events. Actress Daryl Hannah and others narrate, and an impressive soundtrack features fellow insurrectionists Rage Against the Machine, Neil Young, and others.