2016 / 72 minutes

Directed by
Charles Fairbanks
Country of production
Mexico United States

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 director of this film.

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest RAI/Basil Wright
Language and subtitles
Zoque, Spanish
Location(s) depicted
Rayon, Chiapas, Mexico

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