June 28th 2009, the first coup d'état in a generation in Central America overthrows the elected president of Honduras. A nationwide movement is born, the National Resistance Front, which takes inspiration from the daring act of the farmers of the Aguan Valley to take over 10,000 acres of palm oil plantations claimed by the country's largest landowner, and a key player in the coup. Filmed over four years beginning with the coup itself, 'Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley' follows three key members of the farmers' resistance as they convert the plantations into a workers co-op and agitate for a more democratic state, all while trying to survive the violent reaction of the landlord and the coup regime.
After screening at festivals around the world and being broadcast across Latin America on teleSUR, this is the first time Resistencia will be shown in Toronto. Filmmaker Jesse Freeston will be in attendance for a post-film discussion.
Sponsored by: Common Frontiers, Center for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC), and the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN).