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NCLAFF Film - Forest Mind and *Polinizadorxs. Resistencia en la Península de Yucatán

Date: October 6, 2023
Time: 7:00PM
Address: Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Global Education Center

Dir. by Ursula Biemann, Inga Community. Colombia/Ecuador. 2021. 31 min. Spanish and Inga with English subtitles.

Drawing on scientific as well as shamanic perspectives of engaging with the world, the project takes an eco-centric worldview. To bring their shamanic science of Ayahuasca in dialog with the Western-scientific perspective, the film explores new methodologies. With modern science adopting a predominantly mechanistic take on the living world, and Indigenous peoples experiencing an animate natural territory imbued with a spiritual dimension, these distinct cosmologies were considered vastly incompatible for the longest time. The shamans insist on the existence of animate essences which are common to all life forms. DNA technology is the Western approach to understanding the all-encompassing interconnection of life. Hence the film collapses the distinction between life and its forms of audiovisual representations. Shamanic, scientific, and artistic practices have each found their own way to access the genetic message.

Shown with: POLINIZADORXS. Resistencia en la Península de Yucatán. Dir. by Lilia Torres. Mexico 2022. 74 min. Spanish and Yucatec Maya with English subtitles.

From a sentimental-thoughtful perspective, the documentary gathers the words of some inhabitants of the Yucatan Peninsula, collected at different points of the seven sections of the megaproject called Tren Maya. In dialogue with nature, the inhabitants express their relationship with the territory, the threats it currently faces and their perspective on what would happen if the “Iron Serpent” were to arrive. The testimonies, given in symbolic spaces for those who defend life, take us into an intimate universe of concerns about the devastation caused by the current development model and its amplification if the megaproject were to be implemented. Messages ready to spread through the words of these pollinators of resistance.

Polinizadorxs. Resistencia en la Península de Yucatán. Lilia Torres. Mexico 2022. 74 min. Español, Maya Yucateco Maya con subtítulos en Inglés.

Desde una perspectiva sentimental-reflexiva, el documental recoge las palabras de algunos habitantes de la Península de Yucatán, recogidas en distintos puntos de los siete tramos del megaproyecto denominado Tren Maya. En diálogo con la naturaleza, los habitantes expresan su relación con el territorio, las amenazas que enfrenta actualmente y su perspectiva sobre lo que pasaría si llegara la “Serpiente de

Hierro”. Los testimonios, brindados en espacios simbólicos para quienes defienden la vida, nos introducen en un universo íntimo de preocupaciones sobre la devastación que causa el actual modelo de desarrollo y su amplificación si el megaproyecto se implementara. Mensajes listos para difundir a través de las palabras de estos polinizadores de la resistencia.