Luis Matías Alonso (Nahua) produces documentaries
about Nahua communities in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. He recently
formed his own production company, Ojo de Tigre Video-Mirada India.
Matías has worked with the indigenous media organization
Altepetl Nahuas de la Montaña de Guerrero since 1995, teaching
video production and editing to indigenous videomakers, and has
worked with the Centro de Video Indígena of Oaxaca, and
the Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos
Indígenas. Matías is from Acatlan, Guerrero, and
is a fluent speaker of Nahuatl.
"For some time now, people foreign to our culture have been
making films from a different perspective. They would do fieldwork
in the countryside for a week or a month, but they don't grasp
the depths of our people, and they're never going to-because it's
something that is lived, that is felt. When we make film from
within, it's because we've felt it. So, it is very important that
nowadays we are able to tell our own stories as indigenous peoples."
Screened by NMAI
Image credits: José
Luis Matías Alonso - Photograph by Amalia Cordova, NMAI