No Place to Grow’ and ‘El Cacao: The Challenge of Fair Trade
We will be viewing ‘No Place To Grow’ and ‘El Cacao: The Challenge of Fair Trade,’ both directed by Michelle Aguilar.
Anthropology, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Latin American and Latinx Studies, Food Studies and the First-Year Seminar programs are sponsoring a screening of No Place to Grow and El Cacao: The Challenge of Fair Trade. Join us for a discussion of the many integral themes within these two films.
This event is open and free for all students and faculty who are interested, regardless of major, student classification, or department. Please register in advance.
No Place To Grow follows a group of Latino farmers who find themselves representing a movement to save the last green space centered within a neighborhood facing gentrification. Over time we find out what happens when migrated farming traditions intersect with the “urban growth machine.” Set in Santa Cruz, CA, a small city known for its liberal ideology, a community becomes conflicted as the fate of the garden is in jeopardy.
El Cacao: The Challenge of Fair Trade exposes the dark side of chocolate production in Latin America by examining the economics of Fair Trade from the point of view of the indigenous farmers as they attempt to sustain their community through the growth, harvest, and trade of cacao beans in the global market. This 20-minute documentary film highlights the life of an indigenous Ngäbe farmer in Panama and his unconditional devotion to this so-called “superfood.” The film threads together the themes of neoliberal ideology, human rights, and the economics of the chocolate industry. While the demand for chocolate in developed nations continues to raise, the farmers in developing countries, like Panama, are rarely awarded the economic incentive promised to them.
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