Co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Studies, Department of Geography, and the Center for Latin American Studies
“When a 21st century coup d'état ousts the only president they ever believed in, these farmers take over the plantations. With no plans to ever give them back.”
This is the first of two film screenings about Honduras with documentarian Jesse Freeston, a filmmaker and video-journalist based in Montréal, Québec. The second film, Revolutionary Medicine, will be screened on October 2nd.
June 28th 2009, the first coup d'état in a generation in Central America overthrows the elected president of Honduras. A nationwide resistance movement is born, which takes inspiration from the daring act of the farmers of the Aguan Valley to take over 10,000 acres of palm oil plantations claimed by the country's largest landowner, and a key player in the coup. Filmed over four years beginning with the coup itself, 'Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley' follows three key members of the farmers' resistance as they convert the plantations into a workers co-op and agitate for a more democratic state, all while trying to survive the violent reaction of the landlord and the coup regime.
After being shown at festivals worldwide, this groundbreaking documentary on the resistance to the 2009 Honduran coup d'état is coming to Columbus. Filmmaker Jesse Freeston will be with us to lead a post-film discussion. View the trailer at resistenciathefilm.com/reviews.
Jesse was a key member of The Real News Network, a viewer-funded video news service based in Washinton, DC. From 2009 to 2011 he produced more than 100 investigative video pieces focused on economics, politics and social movements in North and Central America. Since 2012, Jesse has directed five half-hour documentaries for teleSUR, the world’s largest public Spanish-language broadcaster. He also contributes shorter reports for teleSUR’s ‘USA de Verdad’ and ‘Conexión Global’ programs.
Jesse has collaborated on numerous other video projects including working as a co-producer for Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines and as a member of the CUTV video news collective during the 2012 Québec student strike.
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