LAB and Cine Latino will co-host an online screening of two Peruvian films, in partnership with King’s College London and the Peruvian Embassy. The two documentaries, Opening the Earth: The Potato King and Sembradoras de vida – which explore land, cultivation, resistance and climate change – will be available to watch from home over the weekend of May 21 – 23.
There will also be a live Facebook Q&A with Peruvian director, Diego Sarmiento on LAB’s Facebook page on Monday 24 May at 6.30pm.
Opening the Earth: The Potato King
Directed by Eric and Aaron Ebner, Opening the Earth: The Potato King follows Julio Hancco, a ‘campesino humilde’ and a guardian of biodiversity. Julio represents a people, a culture, and a way of life that is being lost to modernisation. Will their culture survive? Or will it all be lost with the last Potato King? Read LAB’s review of the film.
Sembradoras de vida (Mothers of the Land)
Directed by Diego and Álvaro Sarmiento, Sembradoras de vida accompanies five women from the Andean highlands in their daily struggle to maintain a traditional and organic way of working the land. As the film represents, in the Andean Cosmovision, women and earth are strongly interrelated. Both a woman’s body and the earth’s soil are capable of giving and nurturing life. Read LAB’s review of the film.
You can register for free to watch the films here. We’ll send you a private viewing link and you’ll have the whole weekend (Friday 7pm to Sunday 7pm) to watch the films. If you’d like to support LAB’s work and make a donation, please select the ‘Donation’ ticket. Tune in for our Q&A with Diego Sarmiento live on Facebook on the Monday at 6.30pm.