Aaron Soto-Karlin


Iʼve spent the bulk of the past 4 years in rural areas of Chiapas, Mexico as a hybrid documentary filmmaker, anthropologist and community organizer. I came to documentary out of frustration with academic language along with hope for public engagement around social science stories and insights. My time in Mexico began through a 2008 Fulbright anthropology fellowship to study and work with networks of indigenous healers and midwives on environmental issues. I decided to enlist my brotherʼs aid to tell the stories of the people I was working with in Chiapas. Our story has shifted several times: in ʼ09 the film was about pharmaceutical companies developing drugs with plants from indigenous healers. In 2010-11 we followed a healerʼs crusade for Mayan medicine that took him to the UN Climate Talks. In 2012, we gained access to extremely remote Mayan communities threatene: d with eviction from their land by the federal environment ministry. Throughout 2012 weʼve filmed with our protagonist Moshan and his threatened community, and just finished editing our first professionally edited fundraising sample. David and I see Carbon Castaways as a tool for social change and a forum for integrating those most affected by climate change into the global policy discourse.

Project : Carbon Trade-Off