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 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. Alexandra Lopez is both writer and producer of the documentary, while the director is Lachezar Velinov. The latter participated in the creation of the famous American documentary Super Size Me. And despite being a less known film, GMO the debate is an outstanding documentary. It is an objective analysis and research that aims to offer answers to some of the crucial questions related to GMO controversies. What scientists really think about GMO? Who benefits from the advance of the technologies? And what are the potential risks? Still, these are only some of the aspects of this film. Viewers could get a fuller picture of the issue through opinions of scientists, lawyers, members of environmental organisations, and psychologists.
Happy Without Money: a personal portrait and 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 on 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 great start of a promising filmmaking career.
Food Anarchy: gather, cook, share and fight
After talking about financial aspects of
human existence and the alternatives a person could have, it seemed almost natural to show another inspirational film that could serve as a practical example of what can be done to improve society. 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 film 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 used 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 and SUMUD 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.