Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid

Curtis Craven

Mexico/USA, Docmentary, 2010
27 min, BetaSP, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


Vanilla is a New World spice originating from the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Two different groups of people are involved in its production: the indigenous people who have been growing it on small farms for centuries, and descendants of Italian immigrants who have been processing and selling the bean since the mid-1800s. Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid examines the relationship these two cultures have with the plant during its yearly cycle, from the hand-pollination of the flowers, to the harvesting and subsequent drying of the bean.


World Premiere

Producer: Curtis Craven
Production Companies: Hecho a Mano Productions
Screenwriter: Curtis Craven
Cinematographer: Curtis Craven
Editor: Curtis Craven
Sound Design: Curtis Craven
Music: Voladores de Papantla, Curt Voelkel
Cast: Patricia Vonne, Cristina Lopez, Daniel Eduardo Hurst
Print Source: Curtis Craven - Hecho a Mano Productions, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Mexican American Cultural Center
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