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SXSW Film Review: Agave: The Spirit of a Nation
How a cactus is part of Mexican identity
DAILY SXSW  March 11, 2018, by Dan Gentile
"...Overhead drone shots contrast rows of blue agave plants against the desert landscape, with workers looking small like ants in the endless fields. Tequila's boom and bust cycles put incredible stress on the land (exports have tripled over the past five years!), with either a feast or famine of plants to harvest, and directors Nicholas Kovacic and Matthew Riggieri's loving camerawork turn the humble cactus into a sympathetic character...."

SXSW Unleashes Massive Film List
High-concept horror A Quiet Place to open fest
DAILY SXSW  January 31, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Agave: The Spirit of a Nation (Mexico, United States) D: Nicholas Kovacic, Matthew Riggieri In Mexico, families have passed down the tradition of distilling agave for generations and now, this once obscure Mexican drink is everywhere. Discover, how one delicate plant has carried the weight of a nation and the people trying to protect it..."

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