Panela Project / Proyecto Panela

Panela is a native South American product that is made from sugar cane. It forms an essential element of the staple diet of millions of Latin American people as well as being used widely as a sweetener in food. The production of Panela is, along with corn, the cornerstone of the food supply in Colombia.

However, Panela is slowly being forced into extinction due to the demand for bio-fuel, which is taking over from the production of crops for human consumption. In large areas of Colombia, too, drug cartels are eradicating
Panela to make way for plantations of coca. Panela Project is a documentary about a video art project which allows us to contemplate the visual richness of village life in areas of Colombia where Panela production carries on as a natural community occupation.

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