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Michael Moore in Ecuador

There selling copies for one dollar in every corner in Quito

By Jimmy Centeno
Published on LatinoLA: August 9, 2004


Michael Moore in Ecuador


I had just tuned in to a seminar at el Tearto Nacional in Quito Ecuador on Idigenous struggles in Latin America on the 29 of July. I and another compa?ero from Colombia were the last to leave the auditorium that seats close to one thousand people. We both were intrigued by an elder indigenous women and her PACHAMAMA (meaning, Mother Earth) philosophy of mother earth. As we were about to leave the auditorium someone came running towards us asking us who was in charge of the place. What first crossed my mind was something must of happened, since the day before the police and the national guard shot tear gas cannisters at a peaceful march against poverty, near El Centro Cultural.

None of us present knew who was in charge, all we could do was to point to the technicians still testing the lighting in the Auditorio. we came to find out, Micheal Moore is in town. "Say what", I couldn?t understand what was going on, Farenheit 9/11 is all I heard. WHAT 9/11 in Ecuador that couldn?t be. What we witnessing were crowds coming in to take a seat and watch 9/11. the previous room were the film was to be shown was overwhelmed by 500 people wanting to see Moore`s latest documentary described by some as BUSHKA PLEITOS.

All of the one thousand seats were filled. The pasillos were crowded with an eager audience. Bull horns were shouting anti Bush slogans. As the technicians got ready to rock and roll 9/11 I Came across Eddie Torres from CASA DEL PUEBLO IN ECHO PARK organizer of an L.A delegation to the FIRTS SOCIAL FORUM OF THE AMERICAS. I said to him, " ESTO ES CANDELA". I wondered how in the world did a copy of 9/11 get down hear so soon. Eddie tells me, "Brother, there selling copies for one dollar in every corner in Quito."

Once the film started showing a dead silence fell upon the audience. What struck the audience the most were the scenes were President Bush did not react to the news of an attack on U.S soil. Another scene that seemed to shock the viewers were the soldiers attitudes towards the People of IRAQ, "AS OTHER".

It is obvious that 9/11 has had an impact on the world. Many students present during the showing were concerned with U.S foreign policies toward Latin Americas.There hopes are that a new world is possible without wars and hostilities toward countries that don`t meet U.S standards, as described by BUSH as, either you're with us or against us. I was asked on several occassions after the film was over what are the American people doing about this. All I said to them was that the American people will not tolerate a president who lies and goes against the people`s will as it is constituted in the Constitution of the United States of America.

About Jimmy Centeno:
STUDENT OF latin AMERICAN STUDIES AT CAL STATE L.A
email. latoecuador@yahoo.com




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