American film director Oliver Stone has urged the U-S to nudge the Mexican government to talk peace with the Zapatista rebels.
He was speaking during his visit to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas - the film director spent the day riding through the jungle with the Zapatista leader Subcomandante Marcos.
Stone missed Monday's Oscar ceremony to meet with Marcos in the isolated village of La Realidad, saying he wanted to see the Indians' situation first hand.
A world away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood this is where American film director, Oliver Stone chose to spend the night of the Oscars - the remote Indian village of La Realidad, deep in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.
Donning the ski mask that has become the rebels' trademark, Stone rode horseback into the jungle with the military leader of the Chiapas rebellion, Subcomandante Marcos.
The film director says he's come here to witness the plight of the indigenous peasants for himself. He urged the U-S to use its influence to nudge the peace talks between the Zapatista rebels and the Mexican government.
These people are Indians and we, too, as Americans have a knowledge of the ugliness of slaughtering and stealing from the Indians. The American government can with a few words do so much to move the Mexican government to give Chiapas a break.
SUPER CAPTION: Oliver Stone - Film Director.
Subcomandante Marcos led Stone on a day long trip to a secret camp of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, whose rebels helped lead an uprising in Chiapas two years ago.
After several attempts at negotiating a peaceful settlement with the Mexican authorities, the rebel leader remains skeptical.
We think that the government only seems to want the peace but they don't want the peace. They only want to choose one precise moment to kill us and we are calling on Oliver for help to stop the war.
SUPER CAPTION: Subcomandante Marcos - Zapatista National Liberation Army leader.
Although Stone denies plans of a film project with the Zapatistas, his production team and representatives of Fox Television accompanied him on his visit to Chiapas.