A collective in Mexico works to preserve Maya identity while conserving land through sustainable subsistence farming.

  • Lucas Dye
  • Abigail Bucher
  • Giovanni Diventura
  • Abigail Bucher
  • Kaitlyn Griffin
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Na'aybi Lu'um
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    6 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Tampa
  • Student Student World Impact Film Festival
    June 18, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Lucas Dye

As a lifelong stutterer, Luke Dye uses film to explore the different ways people express themselves to connect with each other and the world around them. Since high school, he has worked as a screenwriter and script editor for Unity Films and Alpha Dog Productions. In 2022, Luke won the Winter Springs High School TV Production Award for his video work. You can follow him at @lukelikesmovies

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Director Statement

Through making Dreamland, I learned how to work as a collective. I watched how Tuumben K’ooben functions first-hand while visiting Felipe Carrillo Puerto in March of 2023. It was awe-inspiring to see a group of people with such different skill sets working together toward the common goal of nature preservation. I tried my best to follow their lead when working with my crew: producer and editor Abbey Bucher, director of photography Kaitlyn Griffin, and sound recordist Giovanni DiVentura. Although we each managed different pieces of the puzzle, we knew what we wanted the end picture to look like and worked together to assemble it. We hope that anyone who watches this film will appreciate not only Tuumben K’ooben’s mission, but also their deep and sustainable commitment to using collective action to make it happen.