Negotiating Land Tenure in Transborder Media Spaces. Ayuujk People’s Videomaking between Mexico and the USA
Kummels, Ingrid – 2015
This contribution explores the production, circulation and reception of a film genre created by actors from the village of Tamazulapam del Espíritu Santo in the Sierra Mixe and its satellite communities in the USA: land dispute videos. Focusing on this film genre provides key insights into the dynamics of autonomous media and their wider entanglement in an ‘indigenous’ village in Mexico, which has meanwhile expanded transnationally to the USA. Photography and videotaping and their use in social media have become vital fields of activity for the negotiation of land tenure in the village of origin. By opening up new media spaces in a geographical, practice-oriented and imagined sense, Ayuujk people recreate a communal way of life despite the highly restrictive immigration policies that migrants from the Mexican village face in the USA.