The Modern Jungle

The Modern Jungle

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  • Saul Kak
  • Charles Fairbanks

Tradition clashes with contemporary culture in a village in the Mexican jungle.

The Modern Jungle is a portrait of globalization filtered through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman, don Juan, who falls under the spell of a pyramid-scheme-marketed nutritional supplement. Juan’s neighbor Carmen lives simply, in harmony with the land her martyred husband paid for with his life. The Modern Jungle documents their struggles and encounters with outside forces: from capitalism and commodity fetish, to the culture of cinema, and the directors of this film.

Past Programs


Documentary and the clash of cultures

Indiana University Cinema, Bloomington, IN