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FILM: “Resistencia: The Fight for The Aguan Valley”

October 19, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


When a 21st century coup d’état ousts the only president they ever believed in, these farmers take over the plantations…with no plans to ever give them back.

Shot over four years, Resistencia: The Fight for The Aguan Valley follows three members of Honduras’ landless farmers’ movement as they take control of the plantations of the most powerful man in Honduras. All in the midst of the first coup d’état in Central America in three decades. It is without doubt one of the most daring acts witnessed in recent Latin American history.

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The film has already received standing ovations at the Quebec Film Festival (RVCQ) in Montréal, the International Political Cinema Festival (FICIP) in Buenos Aires, alongside presentations in Austria, US, UK, and of course Honduras. It has  been seen on millions of televisions throughout Latin America, Spain and the United States in a primetime broadcast on teleSUR (the world’s largest Spanish-language public broadcaster).

This DC premier screening of the english version will include a discussion with filmmaker Jesse Freeston and other panelists, moderated by IPS Associate Fellow Manuel Pérez-Rocha.

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The movement is back in the streets with a new tactic. Marches every Friday night, with torches in hand, demanding the immediate resignation of a president who both supported and inherited the coup.

Co-sponsors: Institute for Policy Studies, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity to the PeoplesSchool of Americas Watch, Department of Anthropology-American University, CodePink, International Capeira Angola Foundation DC, Howard County Friends of Latin AmericaParallel Film Collective, Latin American Film Club, Witness for Peace, Center for Center for Economic and Policy Research, Committee In Solidarity with The People of El Salvador (CISPES), and WPFW 89.3 FM.


West End Cinema
2301 M Street NW
Washington, DC United States
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