«Irene could be you…» It is one of the premises of the animated short entitled «Irene, after the 26», which tells the story of Irene Cruz, an indigenous woman who at age 26, to give birth to her first-born son, he was the victim of medical negligence that would leave her in a vegetative state.
The directors, Alheli Hipólito López and Yareli Hernández Blas, we realized the task of creating an audiovisual work which portrayed the complex situation that spanned Irene and her family, and that this would be respectful, sensitive and safe, in a way that the case us pemitiera show how institutional racism operates and what is the functional role of a system of hierarchy of society which subject distances and strengthens privileges of elites and social bureaucracies.
Unfortunately, in our country there are bodies that matter and bodies that do not. However, we have internalized so much that it seems «normal» and «natural» people in conditions of marginalization and poverty go through situations like the Irene without question that we are part of a system of racial inequality, gender and class, which any of us could be Irene.
Therefore, on the international women’s day we decided to spread the material through social networks in order to make visible the inequalities that women in indigenous contexts, have since in the last sixteen years as the Irene have been multiplied in the country, while the budget for public health services have incremenado significantly. In Oaxaca we continue on average to a doctor (a) per 1.911 inhabitants.
Irene | After the 26 from Ndo Bxiaj on Vimeo.
We chose March 8 frame because it is the day in which the demands of the women charge strength and presence in all public spaces and decision making, that we want may be a useful material in different spaces, allowing billing and reporting for CA you’re as Irene’s do not become repeat.
The project emerges from the research «people unimportant: institutional racism in the access to health in Mexico«, produced by Mónica Moreno Figueroa and Juan Carlos Martínez Martínez, research professors at the University of Cambridge and the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social-Unit South Pacific, respectively.
It should be noted that this audiovisual work had a team of women who try to give life to the paradoxical case of Irene Cruz. Production and realization of video, highlights illustrations by Gabriela Hernández, Elena Ramírez Jarquín and Yareli Hernández animation, and the script of the Zapotec Hipolito Alhelí pen.
To view, share and show this film, we bring you the following links: in Spanish here and in English here.