A story of globalization filtered through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman, THE MODERN JUNGLE is also an intimate portrait of Zoque culture, commodity fetish, and the predicament of documentary.
THE MODERN JUNGLE is made by Charles Fairbanks (USA) and Saul Kak (Mexico). Kak is an internationally acclaimed painter, poet, native speaker of Zoque and activist for his people. Fairbanks's short films have been awarded at Ann Arbor, Atlanta, and CPH:DOX, and have shown on POV and at Anthology Film Archives, Slamdance, Visions du Réel, and over 100 other festivals. For this project Fairbanks received support from the Guggenheim Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and the Wexner Art Center's Film/Video Studio Program.
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72 minutes, Mexico / USA, 2016
Zoque & Spanish spoken,
with English & Spanish subtitles
camera & edit: Charles Fairbanks
sound & Zoque translation: Saul Kak
music: Hugo Paris (Lavender)
& Lorenzo Rodriguez Estrada
editing consultant: Jim Klein
sound mix: Paul Hill
festivals: Visions du Réel (Switzerland),
festival distribution & international sales: Taskovski Films