October 08, 2009

SIUC to host human rights activist

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Documentary filmmaker and human rights activist Simón Sedillo will bring his message about the implications of globalization to Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Friday, Oct. 9.

Sedillo’s multi-media presentation and discussion will feature film about the lives and struggles of indigenous communities of southern Mexico. It’s set for 7 p.m. in the Illinois Room on the second floor of the Student Center.

Sedillo places cameras and editing equipment with members of communities in resistance, allowing them to document their histories, their stories and what’s happening there with regard to human rights. He also teaches them to edit. For the past six years, Sedillo worked with indigenous communities in Oaxaca and Chiapas in Mexico as well as in immigrant communities in the U.S. and with American youth who aren’t Caucasian.

Through his film clips and discussion, Sedillo will share experiences and perspectives about the effects of globalization and neoliberalism on indigenous peoples. He has presented his work to audiences across the United States and Europe.

There will also be time at Friday’s presentation for interactive discussion. Organizers say this event offers a unique opportunity to see real-world activism in action, a chance to put theory into practice.

Student Development-Multicultural Programs and Services and Zeta Omega Eta Feminist Sorority are sponsoring the “Neoliberalism and Self-Determination Film Tour” presentation at SIUC.