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A message of thanks as we work towards a liberated future

Let’s spend this time of thanks watching a 4-minute short film made in collaboration with human rights and environmental defenders in the Maya diaspora. Together, they imagine an indigenous future, south and north, without regard to borders, in a land known as Abya Yala where people migrate freely, and where everyone is treated with respect and their basic needs met.

The short film Tiichajil_Good Life is part of the film series Futures We Dream, a co-production commissioned by the Smithsonian and The Alliance for Media Arts and Culture for the groundbreaking FUTURES exhibit that reopened the Arts and Industries Building in Washington DC on Nov. 20, 2021.

As we gather together and mark Thanksgiving and Indigenous Heritage Day this week in the U.S. we are grateful to the Skylight community for supporting our work and narratives like Tiichajil_Good Life that envision a more just future.

Tiichajjl_Good Life was directed by Pamela Yates in collaboration with Maya-Ixil human rights and environmental defenders Kaxh Mura’l and La’s Chávez (pictured second from right and left); Dr. Giovanni Batz, a Maya K’iche’ anthropologist and author from Los Angeles (pictured second from left); and Saba, a graffiti artist and muralist from the Navajo Nation/Jemez Pueblo (pictured on the right). Music by Sara Curruchich, the internationally renowned Maya-kaqchikel singer and songwriter. The film was edited by Peter Kinoy and produced by Paco de Onís. 

Pamela Yates

Pamela Yates is an award-winning film director and the co-founder of Skylight, a not-for-profit media organization that for over 35 years has combined cinematic arts with the quest for justice to inspire the defense of human rights. Skylight’s films and programs strengthen social justice movements and catalyze collaborative networks of artists and activists.

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