The Light and the Force is a documentary film that portrays the long-winded labor struggle sustained by workers belonging to the Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas (SME), the Mexican union of electricity operators, in order to get their jobs back after a Presidential decree, signed by Mexican President Felipe Calderón during October 2009, unjustly extinguished the state-owned company Luz y Fuerza del Centro where they had worked for many years.
Film-maker Alejandra Islas and her crew began in 2012 to film a choral documentary which portrays the manner in which the unfairly ousted electricity workers created a resistance movement against the treacherous way their jobs were taken away from them and, also, to get their jobs back. Besides managing to survive doing all sorts of odd jobs, they were also able to keep their organization alive, and reinvented themselves, as well.
Bearing in mind the complexity of this historical episode, the film crew produced one of the first transmedia platforms ever created in Mexico. In this multimedia platform anyone can access documentary short films, historical texts, series of photographs and interactive pieces that expand and widen the SMEite narrative.
The Light and the Force will hold its first public viewing in Mexico at Mexico City’s Monument to the Revolution at 7:00 o’clock in the evening of October 31st. On the same date, it is programmed to hold its first worl-wide viewing in the Rome Film Festival.
The project was co-financed through a summons by the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE) and FOPROCINE, both of which promote the production of Mexican films.
After its initial launching, this documentary film will begin to be shown in different venues, film festivals and universities.