Pajapan, agua y monte para Siempre: A documentary

12 Jun 2020

You’re invited into the world of the Indigenous Nahua people, where anthropologist Luisa Paré and filmmaker Martin Boege and several Indigenous artisans share about their experience in restoring the forest and leaving water for future generations and existing biodiversity.

This documentary was produced in collaboration with the Indigenous artisans’ cooperative “Agua y Monte de Pajapan” based in the Santa Martha mountain range of southern Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico coast. Various groups in their region have planted thousands of trees in deforested areas – mostly on the slopes of a volcano. There, the springs that provide water for local villages are drying up because of historic deforestation, which occurred when cattle ranchers transformed much of the region’s rainforest into grasslands. Artisans and reforesters dream together that future generations will have reliable access to drinking water, thanks to their restoration and protection efforts. The mountains in this area are in the core zone of the Biosphere Reserve of Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz.

  • Luisa Paré

    Anthropologist, Mexico’s National School of Anthropology and History

  • Martín Boege

    Documentary filmmaker, cinematographer