The Fullerton College ethnic studies and anthropology departments are hosting the screening of, “Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians” in the hopes of bringing awareness to the struggles of an indigenous population not far from home.
The Huichol are an indigenous group, native to Mexico, fighting for the rights to sacred territory. The film is directed by Hernan Vilchez and follows the Ramirez family who show us around the land of Wirikuta.
The film will explore the spiritual significance attached to the land of Wirikuta and the threats imposed by mining companies hoping to claim and exploit the land.
“This film brings awareness to indigenous rights, religious freedom and environmental justice,” said Amber González, ethnic studies instructor.
“Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians,” will be playing in the campus theatre on Wednesday Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.
An opening ceremony and marketplace will precede the film screening.
The marketplace will feature indigenous artisans and vendors. After the film, there will be a question and answer panel composed of various activists. This panel will hope to point out the parallels between the struggles of the Huichol and our community.
“Through the question and answer panel we will explore how the issues this film brings up, connect and overlap with local issues,” González said.