The film, "My Village, My Lobster," will be featured on Friday, April 12, at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Building Theater. The screening is free and open to the public.
"My Village, My Lobster" is a one-hour documentary film that tells the powerful and harrowing story of the indigenous Miskito lobster divers along Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast who risk their lives diving for the region's most lucrative resource – the Caribbean spiny lobster. Producer Brad Allgood will be available for a question and answer period following the screening.
The film is being promoted on Kickstarter.com. Of their project, the organizers wrote, "Commercial lobster diving is the largest industry along Nicaragua's Miskito Coast, accounting for over $20 million annually and employing more than 5,000 Nicaraguans, most of whom are indigenous Miskito Indians.
It's an industry that affects the livelihoods of over 50,000 men, women and children. Since the early 1990s, over 90 percent of the lobster caught in Nicaragua has been exported to the United States and sold at a premium to restaurant chains and supermarkets via international distributors." Many divers suffer bends, paralysis and death from the multiple dives they do and the improper way they return to the surface from deep sea diving.
Matias Fontenla, associate professor of economics, takes students to this area of Nicaragua in the summer in conjunction with his course, "Sustainable Development in Central America: Economic Development, Poverty and Growth in Nicaragua." He helped to bring the film to UNM.
Fontenla added, "This film has it all: development economics, environmental and natural resources issues, health issues, labor issues, government policy, romance, drama, suspense, car chases and stuff blowing up!"
Sponsors of the film include the Latin American & Iberian Institute, Department of Economics, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM, Nourish International and Peace Corps.
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