The first day of our documentary film festival in Valencia is behind us. Javier and Cristina selected three movies about Food sovereignty and they presented them in the social centre La Fusteria. These documentaries covered some important topics such as GMO, money free living and food sharing.
GMO The Debate: an objective analysis
The first movie on the program was GMO The Debate (27 min). The documentary was written and produced by Alexandra Lopez and directed by Lachezar Velinov, which participated in the creation of the famous American documentary Super Size Me. However, this less known Bulgarian movie is an outstanding objective analysis of GMO controversies. The movie is a research that could offer answers to some of the questions many people probably posed to themselves. What scientists really think about GMO? Who benefits by the advance of the technologies? And what are the potential dangers? Still, these are only some of the aspects this movie presents. Viewers had the occasion to hear what experts, scientists, lawyers, environmental organisations and psychologists have to say about the issue. They could get a diversified view and a fuller picture.
Happy without money: a personal portrait for global issues
The second movie was very different and
much shorter than the previous one, but surely not less significant. Mahyar Hamidian's Happy Without Money is a portrait of a young man that decided to show people there are other ways to live other than accepting the laws of capitalism. In fact, the protagonist embarks in a money strike after a moneyless journey from the Netherlands to Mexico. This German documentary film is the debut for the author, and it is surely a nice beginning of a filmmaking career.
Food Anarchy: gather, cook, share and fight
After talking about financial aspects of
of human existence and the alternative a person could have, it seemed almost natural to show another inspirational movie that could serve as an example of what can be done to improve people's lives. Food anarchy is a movie directed by Sasha Ihnatovich and produced by Tom Gomizelj. It is a short insight into the activities of a group of Slovene supporters of the international movement Food not Bombs. And even if it depicts only a fragment of the vast movement, this movie is an important document that shows how people can find solutions to bad governmental regulations.
On conclusion of the screenings, there was space for discussion as well. Since each movie had a completely different point of view, they offered a possibility to take various directions. From theoretical debates, through demonstrating acts and raising awareness, all the way to practical solutions and actions, the first day of the film festival explored some of the main instruments useful to deal with problems and injustices in our society. With such diversified selection, the organisers wanted to allow participants to share their knowledge, but also to exchange ideas and experiences with activists coming from a different background.
The second day of the festival will feature two movies from other continents
Said all that, we can't wait for the second day of the festival. The screenings will take place on the 31st of May in the social centre La Fusteria. The topic of the day will be Post-Colonialism. Both documentaries come from outside Europe. The first one takes place in Chile and the second in Palestine. We are sure that People’s Train of Culture (60min) and SUMUD (20 min) will make you rethink, or at least give some additional thought to the role of marginalised groups inside societies, about the ways these groups could be integrated more efficiently and, finally, the great role such groups can play – no matter the difficulties.