Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley
October 8, 2015 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Syracuse Film Premiere: When a military coup ousts the only president they ever supported these farmers take over the plantations with no plans to give them back.
On June 28, 2009, the first coup d’état in a generation in Central America overthrows the elected president of Honduras. A nationwide resistance movement is born taking its inspiration from the daring act of the farmers of the Aguan Valley to recover 10,000 acres of palm oil plantations claimed by the country’s largest landowner and a key player in the coup.
Filmed over four-year period beginning with the coup itself, Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley follows three key members of the farmers’ resistance as they convert the plantations into a workers co-op and agitate for a more democratic state, all while trying to survive the violent reaction of the landlord and the coup regime.
After screening at festivals around the world and being broadcast across Latin America on teleSUR, this is the first time Resistencia will show in Syracuse. Filmmaker Jesse Freeston will be in attendance for a discussion.
Doors open at 6:45, screening at 7pm. $5-15 suggested (no one turned away!) Light Refreshments served. Accessible. Please avoid using strong-scented products.