A Small Section of the World is an inspirational story about a group of women from a remote farming region of Costa Rica whose ideas sparked a revolution in the coffee-growing world. After the men of the village left in search of work, the women came together to imagine a different future for themselves, their families and their community.
Laura and the other women who braved the disapproval of the men in their lives and village for the sake of survival for themselves and their children are the true stars of this film. She proved to be an entertaining as well as industrious woman as she told their stories including references to "machismo" and the refusal by the men of the lunches the women had prepared and left for them since the women weren't there and were working. These comments were made with a smiling face but one wonders how much turmoil went on in their private lives and the women struggled to make a living and a future.
This is NOT a dreary documentary about coffee and poor workers but an almost lighthearted and very entertaining little movie.
I tried to find their coffee for sale somewhere but couldn't.
Inspiring and informative. I am so impressed by the women's dedication and creativity. A moving documentary about not only growing and selling good coffee, but about the power of women succeeding by hard work, cooperation, and determination.
Amazing what a small group of women can do when when they need for themselves and their families to survive in a beautiful place that has so few jobs. After 15 years your coffee and tourist business was thriving, and then, so disappointing, you lost your lodge to a fire. I hope your business provides enough income to rebuild the lodge and you are all once again financially secure are moving forward. Very inspiring movie. I love coffee and I'd love to try yours.
As a coffee industry professional, I really enjoyed this very human story of life at origin, and the focus of this film on the female population. These women are strong, just as capable as their male counterparts and determined to succeed. I highly recommend this movie for anyone interested in seeing the passion and hard work involved with growing and processing coffee. Only with exposure to stories like this will people come to understand why specialty grade coffee should be priced as a culinary product and not as a commodity.
I'm a tough grader, I did not give five stars because I felt something was missing. However overall the movie was very informative and educational. To see people struggle through all types of adversity and not give up is heart warming. They stuck together over the years and were willing to educate themselves on how to make coffee profitable. "Knowledge is power" and it is true in their story.
Beautiful story about the journey a group of women make to bring their families back together. They find success in the coffee business and empower women all over the world. Perfect discussion material for my spanish 4 honors class.
I am in the International Agriculture Development field and this is a fine example of what is known in the development arena- that when women are given the opportunity to excel, they will do just that. It shows that women have the capacity to innovate, but maybe not the capabilites until they are given the tools to achieve thier goals. This is a good watch for the general public as well and I recommend that you watch it.