This documentary film explores the impacts of extreme weather events and global commodity frontiers on the natural environment and local communities in Cuba's Caibarién-Remedios region, where Hurricane Irma - one of the most powerful ever to sweep the Caribbean - made landfall on September 9, 2017.
A film about the elements – hurricanes and rain, the sea and the earth.
About a fishing port on the north coast of Cuba which has seen better days: Caibarién, where Hurricane Irma – one of the most powerful ever to sweep the Caribbean – made landfall on 9th September 2017.
About the effects of climate across the centuries in a Caribbean island sucked into global markets for its commodity crops – tobacco, coffee and above all, sugar. How sugar changed the landscape, through deforestation and soil exhaustion.
About the collapse of sugar and the encroachment of a new commodity market – tourism.
About the growing threat from climate change, and the move towards reforestation, ecotourism and sustainable farming.
Filmed, edited, and directed by Michael Chanan. Written and produced by Jonathan Curry-Machado and Jean Stubbs.