land grabbing intro

Kurt Langbein

Documentray  |  94 min  |  Austria  |  2015

Age limit: 7

Farmers produce the energy they consume tenfold. Industrial agriculture consumes the energy it produces tenfold. The documentary film Land Grabbing by Austrian writer-director Kurt Langbein is a carefully constructed point of view, whose subtle contrast is borne out of the perspectives that every-day life takes in different countries.

From Cambodia to Hungary, Dubai, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. Confiscated patches of land, big businesses, oppressed individuals, poorly paid jobs in dismal conditions, fake certificates and development aid gone astray. Shouldn’t everyone at least get something to eat?

Is this the new wave of colonialism? At least the 2.0 version functions as follows: confiscate pieces of land on a foreign continent, evict the current residents, replace homes and fields with a factory or other forms of facilitated activities, and hire the people you evicted as cheap labour. Is there any hope?

Rosa-Maria Sedita (Translation: Tapio Reinekoski)

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Sunday  22.11.  16:00  WHS Teatteri Union

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