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The Guardians

In an ancient Mexican forest, human and monarch must find a way to survive.
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Overview

Genre
Culture, Environment, Foreign Worlds, Nature, and Social Issues
Synopsis

In an ancient Oyamel forest, millions of monarchs cling to trees in order to survive the winter, while In an ancient forest in central Mexico, millions of monarch butterflies cling in clumps on Oyamel trees. They make a perilous 3,000 mile journey from Canada to hibernate in this unique eco-system each year. But the population faces collapse, hitting a record low of 33 million, down from 1 billion just twenty years ago. In the valley below, the people of Donaciano Ojeda must carve out a sustainable future in their ancestral lands now part of the protected Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Once loggers of this forest, they decided twenty years ago to stop, and to protect it and regrow it instead. But the sacrifice has meant an uncertain future. Santos, a charismatic avocado farmer and Aristeo, a philosophical tree caretaker are the storytellers of the community’s journey as they face new threats of illegal logging, internal divisions, and their own mortality. Paralleling the lives of

Stage
in post-production
Running time
56 and 70 minutes

Credits

  • Ben Crosbie ... Director, Producer, Cinematographer & Editor
  • Tessa Moran ... Director, Producer, Sound & Editor
  • Gabriel Herrera Torres ... Editing
  • Joey Burns ... Composer, Original Score
  • John Convertino ... Composer, Original Score

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Eidolon Films
Country
United States
Years of Production
2
Locations
Michoacan, Mexico
Prod. Partners
ITVS

Distribution Details

Release year
2017
Language
Spanish
Subtitles
English

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