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The Modern Jungle (12A)

This summer Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival celebrates the world’s First Nations in a two-week explosion of art, performance and debate. ORIGINS creates a unique opportunity to engage with Indigenous artists and activists at the cutting edge of cultural resistance, environmentalism and spiritual tradition.

Working with some of the most significant cultural institutions in London, ORIGINS brings the world's Indigenous artists and cultures to the heart of the capital.

Experience Another Way of Living.


THE MODERN JUNGLE (La Selva Negra) 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. 

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

Q&A guests TBC

Book Tickets

Wednesday 12 Jun 20198:30pm (ORIGINS FESTIVAL + Q&A)