The 2015 International Archaeology Film Festival  will once again be held during March, which is Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.  

Films will be shown during the Archaeology Fair on March 27 and 28 at 7:00 pm in Camp Verde.  The exact location of the showings will be announced shortly.

March 27, 7:00 PM

Agave is Life.  Agave is Life unveils the 10,000 year-old story of mankind's symbiotic relationship with the agave plant. Once a critical resource for survival among hunter and gatherers living in the arid regions of  the American Southwest and Mexico, we learn how agave later became embedded in myth, religion, art, and culture. For these indigenous peoples, it was truly a gift from the gods.

While contemporary consumers may only recognize it as the source of tequila, they will soon discover that for millennia this hardy desert succulent  provided all life's necessities:  food, drink, textiles, fuel, shelter, and medicines.  Yet, as the film demonstrates, agave faces an uncertain future. Ancient folkways, from fiber craftsmanship to traditional alcoholic pulque and mescal production,  are rapidly disappearing today. While entrepreneurs and scientists work to turn the tide, the loss of diversity of both cultivated and wild agave species may be the ultimate arbitrator.

Agave Is Life is visually enriched by stunning aerial footage, ancient festivals, and mystical rock art. Narrated by Edward James Olmos, with original music by Alcvin Ryzen Ramos, it promises to enlighten, delight, and surprise.

NOTE: Co-producers Meredith Dreiss and David Brown will follow the showing with a Q&A session.  Meredith Dreiss holds an M.A. in Anthropology with a specialization in Mayan Archaeology.  David Brown holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

March 28, 7:00 PM

To be announced

We are also working on bringing additional films of international recognition.  Please watch this space.

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