By Kimberly T. Rodriguez
The U.S. premiere of Ayotzinapa: Cronica de un Crimen de Estados took place at New Mexico State University on Friday, September 11, 2015.
The documentary details the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, a municipal in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, in September last year. The students, from Escuela Normal Rural Raul Isidro Burgos, a rural college in Ayotzinapa, were attacked and kidnapped by municipal police officers and have not been heard from since. The attack occurred when the students were heading to Mexico City in buses to attend a protest when police assaulted them.
“The film is going to be shown in New York City in October and it’s going to be shown during this tribunal to trial the Mexican state for violating human rights and laws,” says Joshua Lew McDermott, NMSU graduate student.
His organization, Government Graduate Student Organization, along with local organizations, such as Weaving for Justice and the Caravana Committee, which visited NMSU this past March as part of a journey across the United States, helped organize the event once they received the film from producers.
The film and the Caravana Committee, the relatives of the victims, will be attending the International Tribunal of Conscience in Peoples Movement (ITCPM) in New York held this September 25 and 26, one year since the students disappeared. The trial will be hosted by Fuerza Mundial, with the help of the History Department and Hemispheric Center for Performance and Politics at New York University and the National Lawyers´ Guild. The first tribunal hearing in the United States will be mainly focused on the human rights crisis happening in Mexico and Central America.
Other points will include: discussion about U.S. aid and the North American Free Trade Agreement in relation to the high imprisonment and police violence in the U.S.
The trial is meant to bring justice and hold Mexican leaders accountable for violating human rights and to establish a safe environment for its people.
Cristina Coronado, a member of the committee, from the El Paso, Texas branch, encourages the NMSU and Las Cruces communities to support the film’s efforts.
“Somos una red Venezual-Ayonozinapa y esmos estado de tratando de annunciar y seguir justicia enter los dos paiz. El documental lo hizo unos artistas en México, Javier Robles. Estoy presentando los en El Paso, Juárez, y Las Cruces para que las gente se de cuenta de lo que está pasando in Ayotzinapa.”
(“We are a group of Venezual-Ayotzinapa and we are trying to announce and find justice for both countries,” Coronado says. “The documentary was made by an artist from Mexico, Javier Robles. I am representing those from El Paso, Juárez, and Las Cruces, so the people can know what is happening in Ayotzinapa.”)