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Filiberto Nolasco Gomez

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“The Massacre at Nueva Linda” film – 40 minutes.
The film represents a new wave of social movements that follow the end of
the bloody civil war in Guatemala. “The Massacre at Nueva Linda”
chronicles one community response to the violence and injustice imposed
upon it by the state and private security in a supposed time of peace and
understanding. The film’s utility lies in how it chronicles a little known
social movement that in many ways exemplifies the state of civil society
in one of the most impoverished and unjust nations in the hemisphere and
is also a precursor for a series of violent land evictions. The film
challenges the myth of peace and goodwill being transmitted by the
Guatemalan state and its allies. It also asks important questions about
governability in a state with virtually no government and where
clandestine private groups act freely with impunity.

Artist Statement
My filmmaking attempts to explore modern Latin American social movements
through the actors that sustain, invigorate and define them. Reinforcing
ideas of community and solidarity I spent extended periods of time with
the subjects in order to achieve two goals; 1) Give them a sense of
comfort and confidence in front of the camera and 2) illicit relaxed
conversational interviews that reveal richer details and subtle but
illuminating body language, essentially a greater presence on camera.
These goals are reinforced and directed by my own Mexican heritage and
Native Spanish speaking abilities.

In this particular piece I incorporate Latin American protest music to
enhance the texture of the piece. These songs are expressions of a
peoples shared hope and willingness to confront an unjust and terrorizing
state. The music is rich in imagery and draws upon native folk rhythms
to give a distinct feel and character.

Participant's Bio:
My name is Filiberto Nolasco Gomez. I am a native Spanish Speaker from a
Spanish speaking working class suburb of Los Angeles, California. My
parents came to the United State to fulfill their dream of a better life
only to find a country harboring hostility towards recent immigrants. My
politization spawned out of my early reflections about why other white
wealthy communities seemed to have better resources then ours. I traveled
in Mexico and Venezuela during my time at Pitzer College. These
experiences reinforced my Spanish speak abilities. Learning about social
movement while traveling coupled with campus organizing for dining hall
workers challenged me to engage ideas around class, power, race, gender
and nation. I spent 6 months in Guatemala filming and spending time with
leaders of social movement, including the community of Nueva Linda who was
attacked by the government and private security during my time in
Guatemala. I am now studying in a PhD program at UC Santa Barbara focusing
on Guatemala and Latin America.