When a 21st century coup d’état ousts the only president they ever believed in, these farmers take over the plantations…with no plans to ever give them back.
KGNU will be hosting a screening of the film Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley on Oct 30th at 7:30pm. The film touches on life of the campesino movement after the 2009 military coup in Honduras. The filmmaker Jesse Freeston will present the movie and then answer questions after the screening.
Freeston spoke to KGNU about his the film:
The film will show in KGNU’s Boulder Studio in the community room. No tickets are necessary. All ages are welcome.
Film Synopsis: “It is June 28th, 2009. The people of Honduras are preparing to vote their country’s first-ever referendum. However, instead of waking up to ballot boxes they rise to find their streets full of soldiers. The first coup d’état in Central America in three decades had just taken place. An unprecedented nationwide resistance is born, known simply as La Resistencia. Without question, the most daring arm of the movement is that of the farmers of the Aguan Valley. With the president that promised to help them get back their land overthrown, they decide to take control of their own destiny. In a matter of minutes, they seize control of over 10,000 acres of palm oil plantations belonging to the country’s most powerful landowner. Located on some of the most fertile land in all of Central America, the farmers announce that they have no plans of ever giving the plantations back.”