Tierralismo explores one of Cuba’s most successful urban farms, the Organoponico Vivero Alamar (Alamar Organic Cooperative). What began as a necessity - farming without pesticides and chemical fertilizers - has become a source of pride to coop members.
In addition to exploring the sustainable farming methods the group has developed, the film introduces us to the members. Many of the coop's members have come from other fields - including a former pathologist, a fisherman, and an oil-industry worker. More than half are seniors - including an 82-year-old who says when it comes to hoeing, he can outwork anyone in their twenties. This is a film not only about the food and the farm but the characters who make it happen.
Americas Media Initiative is arranging a tour of the United States for Tierralismo. The filmmaker, Alejandro Ramirez, and one of the co-founders of the Organoponico, Isis Salcines, will accompany the tour.
New York and New Jersey: April 13 - 15
Chicago: April 16 - 18
Detroit: April 19 - 20
Philadelphia: April 21 - 24
Vermont: April 26 - May 3
Boston: May 5 - 6
For full details on the tour, see the Americas Media Initiative website.