THE MODERN JUNGLE

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Start time: 8:30 pm

Film

Venue: Arthouse Crouch End

(Mexico / USA 2016. Dir: Charles Fairbanks & Saul Kak. Spanish with English subtitles. 72 mins)

THE MODERN JUNGLE is a portrait of globalization filtered through the fever dream of its main character – 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. This film documents their struggles and encounters with outside forces: from capitalism and commodity fetish, to the culture of cinema, and the directors of this film. Five years in the making, THE MODERN JUNGLE is an intimate document of two people and their Zoque culture, yet simultaneously a story about consumerism, modernity and monoculture.