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A story of globalization filtered through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman, The Modern Jungle is also an intimate portrait of Zoque culture, commodity fetish, and the predicament of documentary.
The Modern Jungle highlights the ethical complexities of nonfiction filmmaking. What is the relationship between ethnographer and subject? What is owed and what is transacted? A daring project of documentation and uneasy exchange that explores the relationship between indigenous and Western culture.