Interview with Simón Sedillo from ManoVuelta Films about new documentary “Guarda Bosques”
On Feb 17th we were able to interview Simón Sedillo from ManoVuelta Films here in Oakland at a screening of his new documentary “Guarda Bosques,” a film about the struggle for autonomy, land, self determination and self defense in the community of Cherán, Michoacán Mexico. Below is a brief intro to the documentary taken from El Enemigo Común
On April 15th 2011, when organized crime thugs teamed up with the logging industry and different government agencies to pillage precious and sacred forests at gun-point, the indigenous Purepecha community of Cherán, Michoacán, Mexico rose up with sticks, rocks, and bottle rockets against what can only be described as their local narco-government. Since then, they have taken the authorities offices, weapons, and pick-up trucks, ousted all political parties and all local and state police, and have re-established a traditional form of self-governance that includes its own council of elders, a community “police”, known as a “ronda”, and its own forest defense team, or forest keepers, known as the “Guarda Bosques.”
In the following interview, Simón Sedillo updates us on making the film, “Guarda Bosques” and the struggle of autonomy and self defense in Cherán, Michoacán.
To listen to the interview click here