The “No Land No Food No Life” documentary, exploring sustainable small-scale agriculture, will be the first Cinema Politica Charlottetown film screening for 2018.
The UPEI Environmental Society, UPEI Sustainability Committee, and the P.E.I. Council of Canadians Chapter have partnered with Cinema Politica Charlottetown to present the film screening at 6 p.m. Sunday in UPEI’s MacDougall Hall (the Business building), in room 242.
The 2013 film is a hard-hitting film which explores sustainable small-scale agriculture and the urgent call for an end to corporate global land grabs in Mali, Uganda and Cambodia. This feature-length documentary gives voice to those directly affected by combining personal stories, and vérité footage of communities fighting to retain control of their land.
“We would never give up our land. It would be like selling our souls. It would be like dying,” says a combative Malian woman featured in the documentary, who witnessed her land being seized forcibly by a deployment of 120 policemen.
This socio-critical film alternates interviews with the farmers, the usurpers and other interested parties with scenes of demonstrations and conferences of a grassroots activist movement. Voice-over narration and plain animations combine to create a historical context and highlight a distressing situation that only exacerbates the food and climate crises.
Facilitated discussion will follow the film screening.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the Jan. 14 screening. Films are free to the public. Donations are welcome and go towards supporting future Cinema Politica film events.
For more information, find Cinema Politica Charlottetown on Facebook or visit cinemapolitica.org.
Partners in film screening
Cinema Politica is a grassroots network that distributes and exhibits political films on campuses and in communities across Canada and internationally.
The Council of Canadians has built its strength and credibility with powerful grassroots activists in communities across Canada. Through its campaigns the council advocates for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care, and a vibrant democracy.