Sarah Keeling

LOVE & LABOR

Documentary short (2017)

A couple originally hailing from Mexico, Fran and Gabriela are drawn together by their love for each other and a shared belief in revolutionary economic ideas. We find them in a small 1 bedroom apartment in the Bronx - Fran works part-time in retail while Gaby works in labor union activism. This intimate observational portrait follows the couple in their everyday activities, getting to know their worldviews through earnest dialogue and playful arguments. They structure their lives to create time for a joint project called, the Diego de la Vega Coffee Cooperative. Collaborating with friends and family in Mexico, they purchase Zapatista coffee from the southernmost state, Chiapas, mailing it as cheaply as possible to NY. Inspired by the Zapatistas “utopia”, Fran and Gaby work to create their own, finding the smallest workable unit of a utopia is a system of two.

Screenings:
Left Forum 2018
MoneyLab #5 2018

 

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Featuring: Gabriela Ceja, Fran Ilich
Directors: Sarah Keeling, Stephanie Andreou
Producer: Adrián Gutiérrez
Cinematography: Adrián Gutiérrez, Victoria Catherine Chan
Sound: Sarah Keeling, Stephanie Andreou
Editors: Stephanie Andreou, Sarah Keeling
Story consultants: Bill Ross, Turner Ross