co-produced by Carswellfilm.ca, World Community & Cafe Etico
Journey to several organic coffee farms in the jungle highlands of Nicaragua (the source of World Community Coffee and Cafe Etico). Farmers discuss how their fair trade arrangements with the co-ops have brought some security to their families. The film also follows the process of both cacao and milk production through remote regions of what is considered the poorest country in Central America.
Carswell has just returned from a trip to Nicaragua and will share stories and video of his encounters at several coffee farms and co-ops in both Pancasan and Dalia, Nicaragua (the source of World Community Coffee). The farmers talk about the benefits of fairly-traded, organic coffee and what working with the co-ops has meant to their daily lives.
“It was an incredible experience. The images and sounds were all-encompassing”. says Carswell. “We were in some very remote areas with people eager to share their deep knowledge of the land and all its biological diversity. We learned how shade grown, organic coffee plantations can be part of a healthy ecosystem. In the tiny pueblo of Pancasan farmers sell not only coffee to the co-ops but also cocoa and milk. In the larger town of Dalia they sell coffee, cocoa, and honey.”
The film was partially funded by both World Community Coffee and Cafe Etico (CoDev). Carswellfilm.ca will create a short promo film for both organisations as well a a longer version.