Suzanne Hogendoorn on Tue, 7 Nov 2006 18:02:27 +0100 (CET)
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[Nettime-nl] vanavond de films Bullshit en Drowned Out
Vanavond draaien we twee inspirerende en bijzondere documentaires in de
Overtoom 301 te Amsterdam. Bullshit en Drowned Out spelen zich beide
voornamelijk af in India, waar individuen en gemeenschappen strijden
tegen onrecht, multinationals en de corrupte overheid.
De bar bij de filmzaal op de 2e verdieping gaat open om 20.00 en de
eerste film begint om 20.30. Er is ook de mogelijkheid om vanaf 19.00
te dineren in eetcafe De Pepper.
Directors: PeÅ Holmquist and Suzanne Khardalian
The film is about Vandana Shiva, Indian environmental activist and
nuclear physicist, who was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993.
It?s a film on globalisation and patenting, on genetic engineering,
bio-piracy, indigenous knowledge.
In this documentary, filmmakers follow Vandana Shiva, an Indian
environmentalist and nuclear physicist, over a two-year period, from
her organic farm at the foot of the Himalayas to institutions of power
all over the world. Vandana Shiva does battle with Monsanto, a huge
American biotech company, when they try to patent an ancient Indian
strain of wheat and together with Dalits she tries to close down a
Coca-Cola plant in Kerala, in a conflict involving groundwater
The filmmakers describe Monsanto from the inside and arrange what
proves a shaking meeting between Vandana Shiva and Barun Mitra, liberal
think-tank, lobbyist and fierce critic of Vandana Shiva ? and the man
who gave her the 'Bullshit Prize'.
What a woman, what strength, what optimism...! It's so exhilarating to
see this film.?
Aftonbladet, major Swedish evening paper
Drowned Out - We Can't Wish Them Away
Director: Franny Armstrong
Three choices. Move to the slums in the city, accept a place at a
resettlement site or stay at home and drown. The people of Jalsindhi in
central India must make a decision fast. In the next few weeks, their
village will disappear underwater as the giant Narmada Dam fills.
Bestselling author Arundhati Roy joins the fight against the dam and
asks the difficult questions. Will the water go to poor farmers or to
rich industrialists? What happened to the 16 million people displaced
by fifty years of dam building? Why should I care?
DROWNED OUT follows the Jalsindhi villagers through hunger strikes,
rallies, police brutality and a six-year Supreme Court case. It stays
with them as the dam fills and the river starts to rise...
"An inspiring record of a quite extraordinary campaign of mass
resistance, at once angry, compassionate, disturbing and yet
empowering, it makes for urgent and necessary viewing...Critics Choice"
Time Out (London)
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