Nicaragua's Sandinista leaders have revived an ancient form of communication to bring present day issues closer to the people.
GV EXTERIOR People on scaffolding painting mural on side of building in Managua, Nicaragua
SVs People at work with paintbrushes (2 shots)
GV Squad of workers continue painting (2 shots)
LV Stretch of wall containing mural
SV Mural: Large man's head with stetson, women's heads and shoulders depicted
SV Mural: figure wielding machete beside headless naked corpse dangling upside down and hand holding head
SV Mural: armed soldiers in helmets beside upside down hanging bodies
SV War scene with soldiers, explosion and burning aircraft
SV Revolutionary civilian men returning to be greeted by wives and children
SV Mural: line of women and children--all bare-footed
SV Two boys standing by wall looking at mural
SV Mural: schoolhouse and children being taught about liberation (2 shots)
???V Mural: with schoolhouse wall bearing Sandinista slogan
LV Large mural covering entire wall and depicting village
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Background: Nicaragua's Sandinista leaders have revived an ancient form of communication to bring present day issues closer to the people. All over the capital, Managua, people and hard at work painting walls, with images of their revolution and comments on every day life.
SYNOPSIS: Mural painting was widely practised by ancient Chinese and Egyptian artists. It always has served the dual functions of architectural decoration and--as in this case--information. In Managua, these mural artists have set themselves the task of bringing the Sandinista guerrillas against the dictatorship they deposed, from their victory celebrations, and simply from the life of thousands of Nicaraguans all over the country.
In the artist's interpretation, the revolution was bloody and violent. the murals depict killing and violent military attacks.
But the artists also pictured the joy of re-united families and the celebrations of Sandinista supporters.
One other important aspect of the murals is to inform about current social issues. A literacy campaign was started last February. The Sandinista slogan "Literacy mean Freedom", is the theme of this mural.