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The Modern Jungle

Film/Video

The Modern Jungle trailer
The Modern Jungle

(Charles Fairbanks and Saul Kak, 2016)

Charles Fairbanks in person

Sat, Apr 8, 2017 2:30 PM

A portrait of globalization set in rural Mexico, The Modern Jungle follows don Juan, a Mexican shaman who falls under the spell of a pyramid scheme–marketed nutritional supplement. Juan’s neighbor Carmen lives simply, in harmony with the land that her martyred husband paid for with his life. Mixing documentary and fictional elements, the film follows their struggles and encounters with outside forces: from capitalism and commodity fetish to the culture of contemporary cinema—and even the directors of the film. (72 mins., DCP)