Assistant Professor of Spanish Argelia Gonzalez Hurtado recently published an article, “Resistance and Revival: Indigenous Women Media-Makers in Contemporary Mexico,” in Latin American Perspectives, a peer-reviewed academic journal.
The article is part of a special issue focused on gender, sexuality, film and media in Latin America. In the article, González Hurtado analyzes the documentaries “Voladora” ("Flying Woman," 2008), by Chloé Campero; “La vida de la mujer en resistencia” ("We Are Equal," 2004), produced by Chiapas Media Project–Promedios; and “La rebelión de las oaxaqueñas” ("The Oaxaqueña Rebellion," 2008), produced by Mal de Ojo TV.
These films are case studies of female Indigenous resistance through the media in Mexico. González Hurtado points out that the contributions of Indigenous women are linked to the transformation of the ‘nation,’ either the Indigenous or the Mexican. She argues that these female media-makers are both guardians of their cultural heritage and pioneers in opening up new cultural spaces while challenging indigenous and women’s marginalization.