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Oct 8 FFE Eco-Film “Maya Land: Listening to the Bees” via Zoom

View & discuss the film “Maya Land: Listening to the Bees” with us!
The Film:

Register here today to join the Sisters and other Franciscans For Earth on Tuesday, October 8, 2024, at 6:30 pm Central via Zoom, for a free screening and discussion of the film “Maya Land: Listening to the Bees.”

According to the www.mayalandlisteningtothebees.com website, this 2022 film by FelixMundo Productions, Ltd, is “A story about the environmental conflict between GM soy growers and Maya Beekeepers in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. It reflects on what the environment and economy could look like if bee health was considered as a criterion of sustainable development. The film explores the pre-colonial and ongoing relationship between Maya people and their environment, in particular the milpa agricultural system (and its main crop, maize), sacred sinkholes (called cenotes), and sacred stingless bees, the Melipona.”

Like many indigenous groups (and Saint Francis of Assisi), “the Maya don’t view nature as a resource to take from, but as a collection of subjects with which to build reciprocal relationships.” A cornerstone of Maya culture is the relationship they have with sacred Melipona bees and the forests that these stingless bees live in. Unfortunately, in Mexico’s Yucantan Peninsula, these forests are being cut down in order to develop plantations that are fumigated with toxic pesticides. These farming practices that have spread across Yucatan kill bees, contaminate water, and encroach upon Maya land — all threatening Maya culture.

The film has won several awards abroad, and in the United States including: Best Documentary at the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival, NY, for 2023; Winner of the International Social Change Film Festival in 2023; Official Selection for the Princeton Environmental Film Festival 2024.

A large portion of the dialogue is in Spanish with English subtitles. Please take this into account when choosing a screening device.

Click here to watch the trailer.

Registration:

Upon registration, you will receive an email response that contains a Zoom link. Please save and flag/star the email response, so you can find that link to log in on the evening of October 8 at 6:15 pm. The presentation begins at 6:30, but we ask everyone to log in at 6:15 in case there are difficulties. We will try to send email reminders containing the link to Zoom registrants one day and one hour before the event. We have heard, however, that sometimes these do not go through.

The Sisters:

The Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help created a Franciscans For Earth (FFE) movement many years ago. Our goal is to educate, advocate, and collaborate on behalf of Our Common Home and all its inhabitants. We humbly appreciate your donations. They help us continue making these opportunities possible.

To learn about future free, monthly, FFE Eco-Series events and our other outreach, bookmark the homepage of our website, www.fsolph.org. You can also follow us on Facebook at FranciscanSistersOLPH or on YouTube at FSOLPH1. Don’t forget to sign up to receive our Franciscan Spirit newsletter before you leave the website today. We publish a print edition once or twice a year. We supplement with online editions more often that contain film and speaker series updates and opportunities. Upon request, we can email the online Franciscan Spirit newsletter to your inbox throughout the year. Call (314) 965-3700, and leave contact information via voicemail at x111. You can also email your request and contact information to info@fsolph.org

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Book Event

October 2024 - FFE Eco-Series
No Cost
Available Tickets: 99

View & discuss the film “MayaLand: Listening to the Bees” for free Tuesday, Oct 8 via Zoom Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30pm

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