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Agave: The Spirit of A Nation

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Catalogue Number:  PR0001
Producer:  Passion River Films
Producing Agencies:  H|abitan|t, El Maguey Film, LLC
Subject:  Agriculture, Documentary, History, Science
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2018
Running Time:  79:00
Closed Captions:  Yes

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This expressive documentary explores the phenomenon of the fastest trending alcohol spirit in the world, Tequila and Mezcal.

This journey takes us to the world’s most bio-
diverse landscape of the agave plant, Mexico; here families have been passing down the tradition of distilling agave for generations, at times, even clandestinely. From the alluring red highlands of Jalisco to the rugged mountains of Oaxaca the film follows three producers - Carlos, Graciela, and Aquilino in this burgeoning renaissance. From  a bootstrap ambition to carrying on a father’s legacy, their successes and sacrifices unfurl in this interweaved story.

Discover how one delicate plant can carry the weight of a 
nation and the people trying to protect it for the future.

Directed by Matthew Riggieri and Nick Kovacic.

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