The Resistance Saga

Life in Resistance – ¡Viva la Resistencia!

In 2018, Skylight is launching The Resistance Saga, a traveling event designed to celebrate and stoke resistance as we face authoritarianism and demagogy in the wake of the 2016 election.  In an immersive experience that we’ll take to communities across the United States, we’ll share the Skylight model of using the cinematic and storytelling arts in movement building. We seek to exchange ideas and reach newly engaged activists and local grassroots organizations by sharing the tactics and knowledge from over 35 years of impact storytelling. As The Resistance Saga tour rolls out, we see an opportunity to form a broad intersectional network of solidarity that gathers force across issues, campaigns and movements.

From climate justice, indigenous rights to women’s rights, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, or immigration reform, Skylight is committed to the long-term defense of human liberty. We strive to build spaces that foster solidarity, empower and energize activists, and create networks for action that will repel the present and looming assaults on our rights .

At each stop, local movement organizations-in-resistance will be our hosts: providing venues, inviting participants from their communities and sharing their experiences.  The day-long events will be anchored by a screening of Skylight’s most recent film, 500 YEARS (Sundance Premiere 2017), and will also include sessions with other films drawn from the Skylight archives and tailored to the issues most pressing in the host communities.  We will hold sessions in collaboration with local movement organizations as well as filmmakers/artists to explore the various ways in which our work serves as a form of resistance. One of the workshops will focus on sharing the Skylight model of human rights media activism in order to discuss how storytelling can create and strengthen social impact. Central to the event will be a political action forum led by the remarkable Mayan women protagonists of 500 YEARS, Andrea Ixchíu and Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj.

In so many ways, indigenous peoples all over the Americas have set a powerful example of long-term courage and strategic activism against daunting odds, such as in the saga of the Mayan people depicted in the trilogy of Skylight films When the Mountains Tremble, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator and now 500 Years. The day will conclude with a rousing concert by invited local musicians and fast-rising Mayan singer/songwriter Sara Curruchich, celebrating the resilience and beauty of the human spirit!

Through the Mayan perspective, The Resistance Saga reminds us that resistance is not a quick fix nor a definitive victory. Our rights are never guaranteed, and we must always defend them, nurture them, strengthen them.  To #Resist is a stance, it’s an attitude, it’s a way of life.

Life in resistance – Viva la resistencia! #ResistanceSaga #VivalaResistencia


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