Documentary Films, Art Projects, and Graphics

Documentary films

Ayotzinapa Chronicle of a State Crime
by Xavier Robles (Dir.) and Guadalupe Ortega (Producer) (2015)

Supporting current students of Ayotzinapa. The project behind the documentary film

El principio producciones and the student committee of Rural Normal School Raúl Isidro Burgos of Ayotzinapa signed this public pact: “Mexico’s current political state fails to protect its people’s education and cultural developments. Amongst their actions is the disappearance of educational and cultural spaces, especially centers where consciousness leads to liberty and love for the people. Such is the case in Ayotzinapa’s “Raúl Isidro Burgos” Rural Normal School in Guerrero, which has directly suffered the ruthlessness of these political acts , which have arrived to the point of crime against its student populations. For this reason, we, “The Beginning, Productions in Cinema and Video”, cooperative society, have decided to contribute in reinforcing education conditions for students of Ayotzinapa with a public pact:

  1. “El Principio, Producciones en Cine y Video” agrees to donate 50% of its entrance fees attained through donations of the screening of “Ayotzinapa: Crónica de un Crimen de Estado” to the students at the “Raúl Isidro Burgos” Rural Normal School.
  2. In exchange for the donations, the students at the “Raúl Isidro Burgos” Rural Normal School agree to try their hardest in their studies and to always keep in mind that only through education, art, and culture will the people achieve a transformation beneficial to society as a whole. Likewise, the students agree to regularly report on the use and results of these donations.”

On October 22, El principio producciones delivered 70,400 Mexican pesos (4,250 USD) to Ayotzinapa students. This amount corresponds to the 50% of the amount raised during the screenings of the documentary film from May to October. In addition the organization Unión Nacional de Trabajadores Agrícola de Oaxaca (National Union of Agricultural Workers of Oaxaca) donated 8 computers and media equipment to Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School. On December 16th a second delivery was held on Casa de la Memoria Indómita collecting the amount of 37,143 Mexican pesos (2,160 USD).

If you wish to contribute you may deposit or send a wire to:

El Principio, Producciones en Cine y Video, SC de RL de CV 
Bank: Banamex 
Account Number: 70056148599  
CLABE: 002 180 70056148599 7 
Clave swift: BNMXMXMM 
Email for confirming transaction: María Guadalupe Ortega Vargas

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Watching them die. The Mexican Army and the 43 Disappeared by Coizta and Témoris Grecko (Dir. & Producers), Juan Castro Gessner (Co- Producer), (2016)

Support relatives of disappeared people by donating and screening the documentary film

This documentary film by Coitza and Temoris Grecko reports and analyzes the role of Mexican army during the attacks in Iguala as well as it follows and deconstructs official version, also called “historical truth”, based on unreliable investigations in the Cocula dump garbage. The producers are also asking for donations each time the film is screened. Half of the donations will be send to relatives of 43 disappeared students and  independent organization of relatives of disappeared people in Guerrero. Los Otros Desaparecidos de Iguala and Grupo de Búsqueda de Fosas Clandestinas were founded due to the epidemic enforced disappearance of civilians (up to 420 documented cases) and the lack of help by Mexican authorities. It is heartbreaking to see that these families have been able to identified, by their own means, up to 142 human remains founded in mass graves. The other half of donations will ever used for paying crew and production expenses. However if someone is attending the screening and cannot make a donation, you should not prohibit to watch the film. This documentary film has English subtitles and the formats are Dvd, Blue ray, and digital version.

For more information visit:
Contact info:
Comité Los Otros Desaparecidos de Iguala:é-de-búsqueda-los-Otros-desaparecidos-de-Iguala-721325997978519/

Art Projects

“Tribute to the Disappeared” curated by Andrea Arroyo

The exhibit honors the thousands of men and women who have disappeared in Mexico, as well as other victims from around the world who have suffered injustice.
“Tribute to the Disappeared” is an ongoing project started after the disappearance of forty-three Ayotzinapa youths, from the Mexican state of Guerrero on September 26, 2014. Just as the AIDS Memorial Quilt brought attention to the AIDS epidemic, this project aims to bring public attention to another epidemic; that of the countless innocent lives lost due to injustice, war, poverty and displacement. Over 300 international artists and thirteen organizations and collectives are participating in the project.
The exhibit features a selection of images by artists from around the world and a community participation component, in which the audience is invited to write messages for the families of the disappeared.
The show also commemorates December 10th, International Human Rights Day.

About the curator: Andrea Arroyo is an award-winning artist with an extensive track record. Her artwork is widely exhibited, collected, and published.

Participating Organizations and Artist’s Collectives include

Artistas por Ayotzinapa, USA
Ayotzinapa Student Front, USA
Bordamos Feminicidios, Mexico
Bordamos por la Paz, Mexico
Bordamos por la Paz Córdoba, Argentina
Colectivo Chiapas, Mexico
Colectivo Casa De Piedra, Mexico
Imágenes en Voz Alta, Mexico
Ilustradores por Ayotzinapa, Mexico/International
La Gota Derramada, Mexico
LUCHA, Columbia University, USA
Little Sisters of Ascension Mentoring Program, East Harlem, NY, USA
Mano a Mano, Mexican Culture Without Borders, USA
Mexico City Lit, Mexico/US
Printmakers for the Ayotzinapa 43, USA
Rexiste, Mexico
Adán Xicohténcatl Elízaga’s “+ 43 Folk Artists: Crative Hands in Solidarity with Ayotzinapa” Escuela de Artesanías Xocongo, Mexico.


Posters calling for action

New York City, United States
Den Haag, Natherlands
Frankfurt, Germany


Coalcalco, Mexico
Chicago, United States
Paris, France
Seville, Spain

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