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"How can I live here and not be an asshole?" the gringo named Dean asked himself. "It's not easy to do."
Land, the documentary by Julian T. Pinder, explores recent attempts by gringos to develop the Nicaraguan coastline by buying up plots of dubious ownership and building high-rise resort condos where once there was forest, agriculture and baseball fields. The bitch of it is that the only locals who are down with this are the officials taking the bribes to make it all happen. The film shows the attitudes of folks on all sides of this land grab, the most resonant of which come from the beer-drunk Dean, who's not a developer but just another white man keen to live amongst the savages.
"You know what, I don't much care for gringos, but I was born one," he laments. "What the fuck do you want me to do about it now?"
Dean calls the worst offenders in these development attempts "land whores and dirt pimps". A Nicaraguan poet's assessment that the consequence of this development is that the local people are being forced to "vivir sin vivir". And scenes from Nicaraguan beer league rodeo disasters show that this is a land governed by different rules than those by which the American invaders are accustomed to playing.
To find out what happens, go see Land Thursday 2/3 at 4pm at the Metro 4 or Friday 2/4 at 7pm at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, or go to Nicaragua.