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On the Road with Maruch

Original title On the Road with Maruch


Maruch is a 42-year-old, unmarried woman from Chiapas, Mexico who rarely travels but loves to explore other cultures and learn from them. As she embarks on a journey through Chiapas her dilemma unfolds; she is restrained by the traditions of her village Zinacantan on the one hand, but yet marginalised by wider Mexican society which subjects her to racism and sexism while traveling. Road tripping through Chiapas with Maruch and the film crew offers an insight into the culture and society of a post war region, while giving an intimate portrait of an indigenous woman who is trying to live a selfdetermined life; one which will give her freedom from the traditions of her community, her former husband, and the terror of paramilitary groups.

Author/s Florian Walter

Florian Walter studied Social Anthropology and Ethnology of Latin America in Göttingen, San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Mexico), Puebla (Mexico) and Berlin. He did three years of fieldwork in Chiapas, Mexico. He earned his master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2006. He completed two internships in the framework of the following media projects: Indigenous Photographers and Indigenous Filmmakers, which are associated projects of the CIESAS-Sureste (Research and Advanced Study Centre of Social Anthropology of the Southeast Mexico), San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. Since 2006 he has been in the doctorate program of the BIK (Institute of Cultural Research Bremen), Universität Bremen, and Guest Researcher at the CESMECA-Unicach (Advanced Study Centre of Mexico and Central America – University of Sciences and Arts in Chiapas)in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. From April to October 2005 he was a lecturer of Visual Anthropology at the BUAP (Autonomous University Benemérita of Puebla), Puebla, Mexico. Since April 2007 he has been a lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin. Since November 2008 he is guest-lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology, EHI (University of Tallinn, Estonia). Besides working on various projects in his documentary film company „Filming Culture“ (www.filmingculture.com), he organizes the film screening of anthropological documentaries at the LNdW (Long Night of Sciences) in Berlin.

Research Florian Walter
Photography Consuelo Saldanya
Sound Pedro Lopez Lopez
Editing Florian Walter, Laura Fong