Photo: Spain Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia
Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe awarded Friday the Bartolome de las Casas Prize to the CLACPI group of indigenous Latin American moviemakers and communicators.
Jeannette Paillan, a Mapuche Indian filmmaker from Chile, accepted the prize in the name of CLACPI.
The group was honored for its innovative work on behalf of Indians through movies and other means of communication that allow native peoples to exhibit their own world view.
In his speech, Prince Felipe praised the Dominican friar Bartolome de las Casas (1484-1566), whose name identifies the prize that recognizes outstanding works benefiting Indians’ rights.
The prince recalled that half a century ago, De las Casas inspired “an intense debate about the meaning of the conquest and the colonization” that laid the foundation of what afterwards would be the definition of human rights.
“The name of Bartolome de las Casas among us today symbolizes tolerance, a raising of awareness, the call to a universal ethic,” the crown prince said, adding that those are “precisely the values represented by this prize, applied to relations with the indigenous peoples of the Americas.”
The Bartolome de las Casas Prize, which includes a cash sum of $68,000 and a medal stamped with the figure of the Dominican friar, has been awarded annually since 1991 by the Spanish government’s foreign aid agency and the Casa de America in Madrid.