2018 | Guatemala and USA | Documentary,Short

Dry Roast

  • Spanish English 9 mins
  • Director | Emily Thomas, Lauren Schwartzman
  • Writer | Lauren Schwartzman and Emily Thomas
  • Producer | Lauren Schwartzman, Emily Thomas

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Sisters Carmelina and Flora Ramos Garcia, both in their late 50s, have been growing some of the world's best coffee in the Western Highlands of Guatemala for over 30 years. But over the last five years, climate change-related impacts including coffee leaf fungus and severe drought have decimated the country's crop, eliminating over 100,000 jobs in Guatemala between 2012-2016. This dramatic shift has spurred more out-migration of males and youth to the U.S. -- including Flora & Carmelina's children -- leaving these two fierce women to battle the front lines of climate change.

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