Linguistics Department

Colloquium - Charles Fairbanks (USA) and Saul Kak (Mexico)

Film Screening of "The Modern Jungle"

Mon, October 30, 2017 | CLA 1.302B

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Film screening followed by a conversation with co-directors Charles Fairbanks (USA) and Saul Kak (Mexico).

The Modern Jungle is an ethnography of globalization focused on the lives of two Zoque elders in Chiapas, Mexico. Carmen lives simply, in harmony with the land she inherited from the peasant’s movement inspired by her martyred husband; Juan is a shaman who falls under the spell of a pyramid–scheme–marketed nutritional supplement (OmniLife). This film documents their struggles and encounters with outside forces – from capitalism and commodity fetish, to cinema itself, and the directors 
of this film.

Winner of a jury prize at Slamdance, The Modern Jungle is made by Charles Fairbanks, a Guggenheim fellow, filmmaker, and professor at Antioch College, and Saul Kak, a Zoque painter, multi-media artist, and activist from Chiapas.


Various other units are providing support for this event, including the following:

UT Center for Mexican American Studies

UT Department of Anthropology

UT Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS)

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