Maria de Jesus Patricio, the first indigenous woman aspiring for the presidency questions the Mexican electoral system.
For the first time in the history of Mexico, indigenous peoples organized to have a candidate running for president in 2018. This movie is a intimate approach to the life of María de Jesús Patricio (Marichuy), proposed by the Indigenous Government Council to represent them in this process. The documentary portrays the challenges that she and the Indigenous Government Council face to get the necessary signatures and get to the ballots elections in the context of a country plagued by violence and racism towards women and indigenous groups alike. Along her journey, Marichuy collects and links the existing struggles in various territories (Yaqui, Maya and Wixárika) leaving evidence of the importance of the resistance and organization of indigenous peoples to preserve life and dignity. At the end of the road, the questions that prevail are: Progress and development for whom and at whose expense?
"If destruction and death is progress, then we are against it"
WHAT IS MISSING. ORIGINAL SONG COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY: OBEJA NEGRA, MARE WARNING LIRIKA, ZARA MONROY, MOI GALLO AND GRAN OM
WHAT IS SAID ABOUT THE FILM
The two routes of La vocera
This year the producer of La vocera, Carolina Coppel, within the best tradition of the performing arts committed to the arduous task of sowing radical social transformations, proposed to bring the projection of the film on the big screen to the communities that Marichuy visited. In this way, a traveling film team orchestrated by Ecocinema traveled, in five routes designed and organized by Paola Stefani, producer of the documentary's impact, the immensity of this country, trying to emulate the steps that the CIG walked a few years earlier.
The two tours of La vocera have sown life and hope in a country deeply marked by injustice, violence, death and corruption. Then then, the harvest looks promising.