Exploring Latinx Environmentalism

Professors David Vázquez and Sarah Wald co-organize the Emerald Earth Film Festival

April 10 / April 24 / May 9, The Bijou Art Cinemas, 492 East 13th Ave

The Emerald Earth Film Festival returns for a third year, this time with films devoted to Latinx environmentalisms.

The festival, co-sponsored by UO English, UO Ethnic Studies, and the Center for Environmental Futures, will kick off on April 10th with a screening of Food Chains (2014, dir. Sanjay Rawal), an eye-opening documentary on hunger strikes launched by rural Florida farmworkers to protest poor wages and working conditions. After the screening, festival co-organizers Professors David Vázquez (English) and Sarah Wald (English and Environmental Studies) will moderate a question-and-answer period. 

The second feature in the festival is We the Animals (2018, dir. Jeremiah Zagar), a stunning coming-of-age film that follows a young man's efforts to contend with working-class life, a tempermental father, and his emerging sexuality. The film is based on Justin Torres' novel of the same name. Torres will lead a question-and-answer period after the screening.

The final screening is for the thought-provoking Sleep Dealer (2009), which imagines a dystopian future in which Mexican workers plug their bodies into digital networks that power robots in the United States. Director Alex Rivera will host a question-and-answer period after the screening.


All screenings are hosted by the Bijou Art Cinemas, located at 492 E. 13th Ave. 

  • Food Chains: April 10th, 7:00 PM

  • We the Animals: April 24th, 7:30 PM

  • Sleep Dealer: May 9th, 7:30 PM