LAND RUSH

How do you feed the world?

75% of Mali’s population are farmers, but rich, land-hungry nations like China and Saudi Arabia are leasing Mali’s land in order to turn large areas into agribusiness farms. Many Malian peasants do not welcome these efforts, seeing them as yet another manifestation of imperialism. As Mali experiences a military coup, the developers are scared off – but can Mali’s farmers combat food shortages and escape poverty on their own terms?

Directed by Hugo Berkeley & Osvalde Lewat. Produced by Eli Cane.
Production company: Normal Life Pictures. Running time: 58.22 min 

Synopsis

“You try to sell me happiness but I say, “No.” You offer it again and I say “No.” A third time you come back. Why not do it where you live? In fact, you’re offering me something that will make you happy, not me. That’s a proverb.” Kassoum, Malian Farmer.

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