Low Hanging Fruit

still from Low Hanging Fruit. Man walks through burning forest.

OCT 24 – Thursday – 7pm | Mandela Auditorium, Global Education Center, UNC-CH*
Dir. Kaley (Ernesto) Clements & Juan José Estrada Serafín. Mexico/USA/China. 2019. 50 min.

Low Hanging Fruit follows avocados as a commodity in Michoacán, the only state in México allowed to export the product into the USA. Through this seemingly monopolistic practice, Low Hanging Fruit uncovers the social conflicts and environmental problems spurring the ongoing genocide of the Indigenous Purepecha People, the devastation of forests and other public lands, and connects it to migration into the US. Thus exposing the multifaceted layers created by the structure of a globalizing economy that allows for 80 percent of the world’s supply of avocados to come from a region notorious for being controlled by the drug cartels now known as the green cartels.   

Preceded by the short:

Konagxeka: The story of the Maxakali’s Flood
Director: Isael Maxakali e Charles Bicalho. Brazil. 2016. 13 min.
Language: Maxakali (English subtitles)

Konãgxeka in the maxakali indigenous language means “big water.” It’s the maxakali version of the great flood. As a punishment because of selfishness and greed of men, the yãmîy spirits send the “big water.” One of the directors is representative of the Maxakali indigenous people in the state of Minas Gerais, southeast Brazil. The illustrations for the film were made by indigenous Maxakali during workshops held at Aldeia Verde (Maxakali Green Village).

Part of the NCLAFF Environmental Series

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