Film: A Tornallom

A Tornallom!

2005. The Logistic Activity Zone (ZAL) of Valencia harbour is to be extended. Whole Spain agrees. Whole Spain? No! A small village resists.
The inhabitants of „La Punta“ fight against their desposession, and the destruction of their village, which lies within the ZAL. Young activists from Valencia move to the countryside, to occupy the already empty houses in „La Punta“ and support the remaining people in their resistance against te police and the machines.
Happy end? Entonces, no… But there is something to celebrate on the human, interpersonal level at least: it is simply amazing to see how the older people from the village and the young city urbanites get closer in their different cultures and approaches to the situation, and learn from each other.
One of the most interesting documentaries I have seen so far.

Anti-copyright film, free download with subtitles for instance from archive.org/details/ATornallom .
Or watch the Catala (/Valencian) version on youtube.

Film: We feed the World

Unexpectedly the film “We feed the World” turned out to be a classical documentary, which is mainly composed of interviews with farmers, fishermen and merchants. What a positive surprise, that this film made it to the cinemas!

“We feed the World” is the advertising slogan of the seed producing corporate Pioneer, which the first part of the film deals with . All in all the film covers many aspects of the food industry. It basically is an ani-globalisation movie and as usual in his context, it is not lacking simplistic demands of “smallscale capitalists”, who mainly fear EU-bureaucracy and international compeition (but do not critisize society on a deeper level)

Criticism onto the environmental destruction and the exploitation of people is accentuated, but doesn’t play in the main role. (…)
The film shows indeed the connections in between exploitation of people in the so called “third world”, the destruction of rainforests and the food production for the industrialised countries, but the criticism often stays superficial, doen not go into detail and does not always seem to be conclusive.
Apart from the madnesses in food production and absurd practises in processing and tranports the film also shows the intolerability of animal production for the purpose of eatables.

What the film is missing is showing perspectives and utopias. So for many (people who saw it) only helplessness might remain, which could easily turn into resignation or ignorance. So information desks and actions about the film, which also inform about alternative ways of living, about selforganisation, and concrete criticism and altertives to GMO, capitalism, exploitation of animals, etc are advisable.

Source: Falk Beyer (grünes blatt 1-06)