LARGOMETRAJE DOCUMENTAL "LAW OF THE HEART"
Trabajé en este documental en Chiapas, México, en Septiembre del año 2008.
Law of the Heart makes a case for a consciousness-centered, global movement, which is rising under the media radar and taking over the planet. For the first time in history, local communities are taking a stand for their rights and dignity: It is the autonomy of the Zapatistas in Mexico, the land occupation of Movimiento Sem Terra in Brazil, The social-political power of the undocumented immigrant movement in Europe, the indigenous movements of the Shuar in Ecuador and the Mapuche in Chile, the Palestinian nonviolent resistance movement in Bil’in, the people-generated new constitution in Bolivia, the climate justice movements in the US, Europe and Australia, and numerous other grass roots movements and organizations, rising up in every continent and country.
This movement is unique to human history: Driven by a united vision ofdignity, reverence for life and nonviolence, it has no leadership and no centralized power structure. It is this ‘bottom-up’ organization that not only establishes a horizontal and democratic decision making, but also makes the movement resilient against its adversaries; it cannot be decapitated because it has as many leaders as members. As the title of the film indicates, this movement does not pledge its allegiance to a nation, a religion or a leader, but rather to the calling of the heart.
The models of autonomous life which Law of the Heart documents came into being as the people’s response to the free trade agreements, globalization and the policies of neo-liberalism. This innovative resistance to the destruction of the environment and the exploitation of people in the name of “development” did not emerge out of a doctrine or an ideology; rather, it evolved as the communities’ means for survival in dignity and sustainability.
Law of the Heart is the first progressive film that documents activism that is for rather than against something; a solution rather than a problem. Unlike films such as The 11th Hour, The End of Poverty, and An Inconvenient Truth, Law of the Heart is not a warning about what we should be doing in order to survive, but rather, the film documents what we already are doing, revealing the world of tomorrow today.
As a Film, Law of the Heart affirms to millions of people that they are not alone: Their organization is not alone, their community is not alone and their vision of a world that works for all of its inhabitants is not alone. The film shows clearly that times have changed and that change has come.