The Guardians


Rafael 3 Fri, May 4, 2018 7:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Sat, May 5, 2018 3:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Art of Impact
Running Time:70 min.
Premiere Status:California
Director:Ben Crosbie
Tessa Moran
Producer:Ben Crosbie
Tessa Moran
Cinematographer:Ben Crosbie
Editor:Ben Crosbie
Tessa Moran
Gabriel Herrera Torres
Print Source:Eidolon Films
Note Writer:Kelly Clement


Every year majestic Monarch butterflies make their way on a 3,000-mile journey from Canada to their winter home in the ancient forests of Michoacán, Mexico, and it is here that the struggling community of Donaciano Ojeda strives to preserve the delicate balance between humans and nature. Once dependent on logging, they now face the difficult task of building a sustainable future in their ancestral lands that are now part of the protected Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. As one villager observes, “If the forest disappears, mankind will follow.” Along the way, we get rare access to the sometimes divisive community meetings, follow the volunteer armed patrol that guards against the threat of illegal logging, and meet members of the community—who have begun a successful reforesting program. In this visually stunning and thought-provoking film, we are given the rare opportunity to gain a new perspective on the environmental challenges that face us all. | CALIFORNIA PREMIERE

IN PERSON: Directors Tessa Moran, Ben Crosbie

Sponsored by:
Teresa Wolf

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Additional Information

Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran have been producing nonprofit videos and award-winning independent films together for nearly 10 years through their Emmy-winning Washington, DC-based production company, Eidolon Films. Their independent film work has been supported by ITVS, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Bay Area Video Coalition’s National Mediamaker Fellowship. Their previous film, Fate of a Salesman, was nominated for the 36th annual News and Documentary Emmys, and won a Capital Emmy, among other awards. Both Fate of a Salesman and their first feature film, Keeping the Kibbutz, aired on PBS WORLD.