Jesus Tecu Osorio's Footage of Rabinal, Guatemala Interviews

Interviews from the Jesus Tecu Osorio's Footage of Rabinal, Guatemala collection.

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[Chichuvipal interview]

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This is an interview with a Mayan Achi woman, in the Achi language, which concerns the massacre in Rabinal, Baja Verapaz in 1982. Not translated or logged.

[Clip reel of raw footage / July 2002 Interview with Jesus Tecu Osorio] 1 of 2

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Clip reel of various raw footage shot by WITNESS partner Jesús Tecú Osorio. Includes footage from rallies against amnesty for perpetrators of mass killings in Rabinal, community memorials for victims of the massacres, and exhumations of remains from clandestine graves.

[Exhumation at Pichec / Jesus Tecu Osorio speaking / burial ceremony / inspection of clandestine gravesites at Piedra Cal and other locales]

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Footage from exhumation conducted by the Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG), possibly in Pichec, Rabinal, Baja Verapaz.

[Exhumations in Rabinal, Guatemala part 1]

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Footage of an exhumation of the massacre site in Rabinal, Guatemala. Footage includes many CUs of exhumation and memorial ceremonies with Maya Achi people around the exhumation site.

[Footage selections from two gatherings of former civil patrollers of Rabinal and interview with Juan Reyes]

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Selections of footage from the first two gatherings of former civil patrollers in Rabinal in July 2002, and from an interview with Juan Reyes, the president of the committee of former civil patrollers in Rabinal.

[Funeral rites and interviews / interview with Jesús Tecú Osorio / beginning exhumation]

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Footage date-stamped 13 March 1998 shot at a nighttime memorial commemorating the Rio Negro massacre at the massacre site, Cumbre Pacoxom. Next, an interview with WITNESS partner and massacre survivor Jesus Tecú Osorio. Footage date-stamped 23 March 1998 shows another memorial with mourners. The ceremony involves the slaughter and burning of a chicken. Footage also date-stamped 23 March 1998 shows people at a site called Sarachl, and the preparation for an exhumation. Footage date-stamped 24 March 1998 shows Jesus Tecu Osorio and others in an office, meeting with an unidentified man.

[Interview with Carlos Chen Osorio]

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Interview with Carlos Chen Osorio about his activities as the founder of the Association of Widows, Widowers, Orphans, and Displaced of Rabinal Maya-Achí, including advocating for compensation and lands for people displaced by the Chixoy dam. He talks about the obstacles they face, and how they are also seeking justice, not vengeance, for the massacres. He talks about the Maya-Achi museum that he and Jesús Tecú Osorio hope to open, and his hopes for Guatemala in the future. He describes the history of land reform and struggles that led to the massacre of indigenous communities in the 1980s. He says that Mexico is employing a similar tactic of labeling indigenous people who are claiming their rights as "guerillas."

[Interview with Jesús Tecú Osorio, April 1999]

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WITNESS interview with Jesús Tecú Osorio, shot in April 1999. Jesus Tecu Osorio is a human rights activist born in Río Negro, Guatemala. He is one of the few survivors of the Río Negro massacre that took place on March 13, 1982. He works with the Association for Widows in Rabinal, and is a 1996 recipient of the Reebok Award for defending human rights. In his interview he describes the programs that he has implemented in Guatemala and his views about the future of his country [not translated].

[Interviews with Maya Achi people / Pueblo Viejo-Quixal Hydroelectric Project and Chixoy Dam / interview with Carlos Chen Osorio]

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The first part of this video was shot on the bank of the Rio Negro near the Chixoy Dam. There is an interview with a man from Rio Negro who now lives in Rabinal. There is another interview with a Maya Achi woman, who is speaking in Achi (not logged). The second part of this video is b-roll of the Pueblo Viejo-Quixal Hydroelectric Project and Chixoy Dam. The third part of this video takes place at a memorial site in a wooded area. There is another interview with the man in the first part of the video (not logged). The fourth part of this video is an interview with Carlos Chen Osorio, a Rio Negro massacre survivor and activist. The fifth part of the video shows black and white photos of the Rio Negro from a book, while two men talk about Rio Negro and the Maya Achi people (not logged). The final part of this video is an interview with a man standing in front of house talking about the housing for the relocated Rio Negro people (not logged).

[Plan de Sánchez massacre commemoration / Interview with Ex-PAC leader Juan Reyes / Nueva Esperanza workshop / INEBE Exhumation Part 1]

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Footage date-stamped 18 July 2002 documents a ceremony commemorating the Plan de Sánchez massacre, which took place on 18 July 1982.

[Rites for people killed in Rio Negro massacre (All Saints Day) / Ceremony with young girls (elección de la madrona)]

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Footage of various events in which people pay their respects for those killed in the Rio Negro massacre.

[Testimony of former civil patrollers Victor, Sical S Miguel [?] / burial for Panacal massacre victims] 1 of 2

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Testimonial interview with Victor, a farmer and former civil patroller.