CINEMA SĀNITĀS

 

The formula of moving images with stories that come from the heart, merge in CINEMA SĀNITĀS, a treatment created so that we can find the internal routes that guide us towards the future. We predict a soon recovery full of laughter, reflections, inspirations and dreams.

 

Second Series: From October 23rd to 25th

Higher Grounds

Available from Friday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 25th at 11:59 p.m. (Panama Time)

Unlimited views

Avant World Premiere

What goes into your daily cup of coffee? And what is that worth? The Republic of Panama, one of the smallest countries and coffee exporters in the world, now produces the most sought- after beans on earth. They can sell for over $1,000 a pound, while commodity coffee prices hover around $1. HIGHER GROUNDS tells the story of how Panama is reimagining coffee…and of the inspiring passion and collaborative spirit behind it all.

  • Documentary
  • 65 min
  • Audience: General Public
  • Director: Stuart Svenson
  • Country: Panama 
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
 

Q&A with Director Stuart Svenson (Panama), followed up by Conversation with Coffee Producers about Sustainable Development

Available from Friday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 25th at 11:59 p.m. (Panama Time)

Stuart Svenson was born to a Panamanian mother and an American father. He grew up between New Orleans and Panama. Stuart majored in Latin American Studies at Tulane University, later earning a Master's of Arts degree in Comparative Culture at Sophia University, in Tokyo, where he met and married Nanette. After leaving Japan and living in Barcelona for a couple of years, in early 1993, Stuart and Nanette moved to Panama. Stuart founded Panama's first foodservice distribution company, Proserv, in 1999, which he continues to operate. Stuart's—and Nanette's—foray into film-making, while somewhat related to Stuart's food business, was a true twist of fate. Stuart's hobbies include cooking, drumming and sailing. He and Nanette have two daughters, Christina and Sophia, who live and work in California.

Q&A and Conversation

  • 15 min: Q&A with director Stuart Svenson
  • 30 min: Conversation with Wilford Lamastus Jr. (Elida Estates), Rachel Peterson (Hacienda La Esmeralda) and Ricardo Koyner (Kotowa Farms) moderated by Nicole Orillac, BID Lab.

 

 
 
 
 

The Biggest Little Farm

Available from Friday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. until Sunday, October 25th at 11:59 p.m. (Panama Time)

Limited Views

The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and their land. John and Molly make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they've chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work as they attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind – including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. When the farm's ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chesters' hope – but as their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself.

  • Documentary
  • 91 min
  • Audience: General Public
  • Director:John Chester
  • Country: Estados Unidos
  • Language: English
  • Subtitle: Spanish
 

Q&A with Director John Chester (United States), followed up by Conversation about Regenerative Agriculture

Available from Friday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. until Sunday, October 25th at 11:59 p.m. (Panama Time)

John Chester was born in the United States. He is an Emmy Award–winning documentary director and writer. His films include Euphoria (2005), Lost in Woonsocket (2007), and Rock Prophecies (2009). The Biggest Little Farm (2018) is his latest film.

Q&A and Conversation

  • 15 min: Q&A with director John Chester
  • 30 min: Conversation with Lourdes Guerra Suarez (La Granjerita) and Rolando Chamorro (Hacienda Mamecillo) moderated by Pituka Ortega Heilbron, IFF Panama.