A film by Alejandro Ramirez Anderson / From the Cuba Media Project of the Americas Media Initiative / An Icarus Films Release
On the outskirts of Havana, sandwiched between highways and public housing, a revolution is taking place. Here, in the district of Alamar, a 26-acre farming co-op provides employment for dozens of workers, while producing vegetables and medicinal plants for the local community and beyond. Following the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in the early 1990s, Cuba was no longer able to access machinery and agricultural chemicals from its former Communist allies. In this difficult environment, the government relaxed economic rules and allowed the formation of cooperatives - like the Organopónico Vivero Alamar.
Lovingly shot, TIERRALISMO offers not only an in-depth portrait of the Organopónico Vivero Alamar, but also a stirring defence of the importance of farm work, and of sustainable farming practices.