Filmmaking and Popular Struggle in Mexico
Stone highlights the importance of how the circulation of the physical videos, and not just their content, promotes the social movement. More broadly she shows how videographers perform their activism, navigating the tensions between neoliberal personhood or ego and an ethos of compañerismo that privileges community. Grounded in the lived experiences of Atenco's activists and allied filmmakers, Atenco Lives! documents the making and circulating of films as an ethical and political practice purposefully used to transform human relationships.
"Livia Stone's attention to the details of a complex social movement is invaluable. She tracks lived experiences, historical genealogies, and discursive circuits with clarity and rich texture. Stone positions herself among the filmmakers she follows, helping readers reflect on the ethnographer's role in the intake and dissemination (production) of knowledge."
—Erica Wortham, author of Indigenous Media in Mexico: Culture, Community, and the State