Ben Crosbie, Tessa Moran
Washington DC Environmental 2018
RiverRun, DocLands, Mountainfilm, SF Green, Banff Mountain, Margaret Mead
An indigenous community in Mexico tries to protect an ancestral forest important to the migration of the monarch butterfly.
In Donaciano Ojeda, the local indigenous community, recognizing the dangerous impact of logging on their forest, have collectively agreed to serve as stewards of the land, protecting it for generations to come. The traditional home to the monarch butterfly as it migrates south, saving the forest is essential to their survival, helping to curtail the dramatic population reduction the species has seen in the past twenty years. In their well-constructed film, Crosbie and Moran reveal the conflicting forces at play as the community, made up of former loggers, attempts to balance sustainable conservation with economic reality.