Celebrate Mexican Independence Day Sept. 16 in Kelowna

Zapatista movement chose to reject violence and rebuild what paramilitary forces had destroyed.

All are invited to celebrate Mexican Independence Day Sept. 16 with the ‘intergalactic debut’ of the short film, Galeano Vive!—Painting a Zapatista Teacher at the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre at 7 p.m.

Galeano Vive! (Galeano lives!) tells the story of the Zapatista community’s response to tragedy with art, education and international solidarity.

The Kelowna Peace Group will lead a discussion about indigenous resistance in Canada and Mexico and other topics or questions after the screening.

On May 2, 2014 the autonomous Zapatista school and health clinic in the tiny rural community of La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico were destroyed and the Zapatista teacher Galeano was murdered in a brutal ambush by government controlled paramilitaries.

Three weeks later, on May 24, thousands of people came from Zapatista communities throughout Chiapas, from all over Mexico and from around the world to express their pain and rage in a powerful public homage to Galeano.

In response, the Zapatista movement chose to reject violence and to rebuild.

The rebuilt school and health clinic decorated with several murals were inaugurated on March 1, 2015. One month later a national and international caravan organized by Schools for Chiapas / Escuelas para Chiapas arrived to paint several additional murals in honor of Galeano.