“No matter what is missing, we will not stand still / We are the mothers, the daughters, the granddaughters, the granddaughters, the brown-skinned / From the very ruins of the countryside to the corners / Burning beacons that illuminate everything,” goes the song by La vocera performed by Gran Om, Mare Advertencia Lirika, Zara Monrroy, Obeja Negra, and Moi Gallo. The song is a portrait of the journey through the Yaqui, Maya, and Wixárika territories of María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, Marichuy, whom the National Indigenous Congress of Mexico named its spokeswoman and the first indigenous woman candidate for the country’s presidency in 2018. While portraying Marichuy as a feminist leader and symbol, Kaplan records the actions of indigenous peoples struggling to represent themselves from within communities in the 21st century. La vocera is a historical document that raises multiple questions about the autonomy, speeches, and acts of the State that dismiss and curb the people’s political participation. The documentary also questions the idea of progress, understood as the destruction of natural and cultural heritage, which perpetuates the actions of the slow but consistent genocide of the indigenous people in Mexico.
Review by: Carlos Rodríguez
Carolina Coppel, Mónica Lozano, Eamon O ́Farrill
Valentina Leduc, Luciana Kaplan
Alejandro Castaños, Federico Schmucler
María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, Yamili Chan Dzul, Carmen García de Aldama
Diseño sonoro: Lena Esquenazi, Sonido: Nicolás Aguilar