A Massacre Foretold

On December 22, 1997, in the southernmost Mexican province of Chiapas, 45 indigenous residents of Acteal, who had taken refuge in the village church, were massacred by paramilitary troops. Most of those killed were children and women (five of them pregnant).

The Acteal villagers were members of the pacifist group “Las Abejas” (The Bees), supporters of the newly emergent Zapatista Army of National Liberation, but who renounced that organization’s violent methods. Although the murders of the unarmed peasants garnered worldwide news coverage, no serious government investigation of the atrocity was ever conducted.

Awarded the Best Human Rights Documentary prize, A MASSACRE FORETOLD tells the full story of the massacre, for the first time letting the people who survived tell their own story.


58 min.