Black Tree / El árbol negro

  • 2018
  • 1h 19min
  • Directed by: Máximo Ciambella, Damián Coluccio

Argentinian documentary about the devastating effect of corporate agriculture on the indigenous Qom farmers.

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Director: Mximo Ciambella Damin Coluccio | 2018 | Argentina | 79 mins | 12A | Documentary | Qom with subtitles

At the center of the Earth there is a black tree: those who can reach it may be able to talk to the trees, send messages through birds and heal curses.With stunning cinematography this beautiful and poetic documentary follows Martn, an indigenous goat farmer from the Qom (or Toba) community, in Argentina who is trying to find out why his precious goats are dying. Their sickness is a metaphor for his people's land, which is being bull dozed and destroyed by huge multinational agribusinesses. In their fight for land rights the Qom organize demonstrations and conduct road blocks, mostly in vain, and still the goats keep dying. Martn turns to an ancient and magical solution: a pilgrimage to the elusive Black Tree, with its mythical power to break a curse.

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