Fly Me to the Moon

Jamaica and the Global Aluminum Industry. How the Periphery Makes the Center Possible

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 at 4 p.m. Zoom

As part of the so called Third World, The Developing World, a place like Jamaica is considered peripheral to the centers of wealth, power and modern civilization. In this talk, Figueroa will argue that it is the extraction of the periphery that makes the center possible and will locate the creation of modernity centrally in the Caribbean and the Americas, in this case, the island of Jamaica.

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This event is co-sponsored by Extractives@Clark and A new Earth conversation.


On Planet Earth Everything Is Connected | Winner of 2019 Awareness Festival Merit Award

FLY ME TO THE MOON (2019), is a feature documentary by Jamaican independent filmmaker Esther Figueroa, that takes us on a journey into the unexpected ways we are all connected on Planet Earth, by following aluminum – the metal of modernity – around the world and into space. We travel for over one hundred years, visiting places as far flung as the Moon, Jamaica, India, Suriname, Canada, Cuba, Japan, Hungary, Iceland, Australia, Vietnam, the United States of America, encountering along the way human triumphs, technological innovations, multiple wars, societal upheavals, environmental devastation. And in the urgent here and now of the climate crisis, the film challenges us to to think about the consequences of our consumption, to reimagine the ways in which we live, and to change our material culture and political economy that is destroying the planet we all depend on.

Esther Figueroa PhD, Jamaican independent film maker, writer, educator and linguist. Her activist film making gives voice to those outside of mainstream media and focuses on the perpetuation of local and indigenous knowledge, environment, social injustice, and community empowerment.