Film Screening: Ama—The Memory of Time
Where: Interference Archive
314 7th St., Park Slope
Price: Free, donations welcome
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Join us for a documentary screening of AMA – THE MEMORY OF TIME. Discussion with filmmakers Daniel Flores Y Ascencio to follow.
AMA – The MEMORY OF TIME is a documentary film based on the life and death of Jose Feliciano Ama, a spiritual grandmaster, leader and chief of the Izalcos, a Nahuat-Pipil Nation in western El Salvador. This is the story of his family and survivors of the 1932 genocide. Don Juan Ama, nephew of Jose Feliciano, tells the story in an attempt to clear his uncle’s name from historical inaccuracies and restore the family and tribe’s dignity.
EL SALVADOR 1932, “La Matanza” is how Salvadorans refer to a series of massacres that killed an estimated 30,000 of Indigenous people in January 1932. Conducted under the leadership of General Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez, the event marked the beginning of a 13 years brutal regime and paved the way for military dominance for the next several decades. For Indigenous people, “La Matanza”, was the last chapter in a series of policies and reforms beginning in the 1920’s that sought to privatize ancestral / communal lands as El Salvador transition to an extractive coffee producing economy.
We are showing this film during the month of October, where Indigenous People’s Day sits, squarely to remind ourselves of how collective memory informs and strengthens present action and resistance.
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