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.

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about the filmmakers

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.

For extended bios, see the presskit.

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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), FICM (Mexico), GIFF (Mexico), Cinéma Vérité (Iran), FICSC (Mexico), WATCH DOCS (Poland), Slamdance (USA), Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA), Wexner Art Center USA

festival distribution & international sales: Taskovski Films