A co-op of some 260 people is participating in successful organic vegetable gardening in the southwest German city of Freiburg, sharing the costs and risks. Whatever the harvest, good or poor, it’s distributed to all members. Cucumbers are allowed to be bent, carrots entwined, the occasional lettuce smaller than average. Seasonal, totally organic growing, 100% original seed, short distances, solidary economics, collective property, education, contributing to the labour are some of the many hallmarks.
This documentary reveals the motivations and inner life of the cooperative. It shows people who in a time of economic and ecological crisis are doing something to counter the might of industrial agriculture: The strategy of bent cucumbers.
A journey through Mexico with the Zapatistas and Subcommandante Marcos
In a journey from the mountains of southeastern Mexico to the northern border with the United States, Subcommander Marcos and the people of Mexico trace the forgotten face of a country. A celebration of the struggle for land and dignity.
The Year 2006, Oaxaca, Mexico. A teacher's strike is brutally reprimanded by the local authorities. The population then decides to overthrow the authority and govern themselves. After six months, President Fox deploys special armed forces to "restore order". The is very little coverage of the events by the media.
"The opportunity that presents itself right now in Mexico is, that for the first time, people are seriously outlining an idea of how to solve problems with their own means and in mutual solidarity. For the first time since Mexico's independence people have stopped turning their eyes upwards and waiting for some good lord or hero to come and solve the problem...
Professional politicians have not managed to bring about results, and the misery has assumed such proportions that people have started working out their own initiatives."
Yeyo, coordinator of the "Universidad de la Tierra", Oaxaca 2007
Climate change, nuclear power and the energy revolution
Climate of Hope is a 30 minute documentary created to demystify climate change and nuclear energy. While the threat of climate change is now widely accepted in the community, the potential for nuclear power stations in Australia has raised questions about the best strategy for our country to move to a low-carbon economy.
In the summer of 2006, a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Some compared it to the Paris Commune, while others called it the first Latin American revolution of the 21st century. But it was the people's use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca.
A two-month journey across Venezuela, from Lake Maracaibo to the Orinoco Delta. The people of the oil fields and the mining centres talk of their close encounter with these exploitations. For the first time, in the revolutionary Venezuela, a documentary delves deep in the problematic of oil and coal, from the angle of the life experience of communities, oil workers, indigenous people.
Argentina, Indymedia and the questions of communication
"i" is a meditation on the relationship between media and power as it is manifested by the worlds largest all volunteer network of media activists Indymedia. The feature-length documentary follows the first year of a small collective in Buenos Aires as it struggles amidst assassinations, a collapsing economy, and a whirlwind of political upheaval.
Climate change is now a reality. Leading scientists across the world agree that in a 'business as usual scenario' we have no longer than 10 years to prevent 2-3 degrees of additional global warming that will lead to irreversible climatic changes with dramatic consequences for our planet.
Protests against Nuclear Waste Transports in Germany
Nowhere on earth has the nuclear industry found a safe way to keep waste that will remain dangerous for at least a million years. In Germany politicians decided 30 years ago that a salt deposit near the village of Gorleben in the north of the country should be the permanent repository, and a prefabricated storage hall next door to it the "interim storage". Scientists almost from the outset ruled the salt dome unsafe.
Indigenous women fighting for a dignified life in Chiapas, Mexico
Being indigenous in Chiapas, Mexico, generally means being poor and discriminated because of your dress, language, music, traditions and culture. And it's even harder for indigenous women because they often have no rights even within their own society.
San Salvador Atenco, May 2006. A small town in the suburbs of Mexico City. Two months before the presidential elections, a conflict for land and rights escalates between the population of Atenco and the Mexican government. Unbelievable events take place: the police attack a marketplace, the inhabitants block the highways leading to the city, and confrontations between an outraged population and police forces break out. The state of emergency goes on for several days and culminates in the death of a 14 year old boy.
In November, 2003, trade ministers from 34 countries met in Miami, Florida, to negotiate the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). The FTAA threatens to devastate workers, the environment, and public services like health care, education, and water, and to destroy indigenous rights and cultural diversity across North, Central, and South America.
Chile is often considered an economic and social model in Latinamerica. This documentary tells another story. It leads us from the dictatorship under Pinochet straight to neoliberalism today. The military coup of 1973 started a violent economical and social restructuring ending in levels of privatisations that haven't reached Europe yet and a total market liberalisation. This has led not only to economic growth that the international press loves to highlight but also initiatied a total sell-out of the country to private capital and multinational corporations.
documentary and fiction about the south european border
Latitude 36 is an imaginary line on a map at the same time a real location - the Straits of Gibraltar - where clandestine emigration takes place. In Latitude 36 the protagonists are the emigrants: documentation and fiction, gestures and words, dreams and wishes.
From the front-lines of conflicts in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, Korea, North America and Europe.
Millions of homeless people in South Africa fight for their right to a decent home and against the privatisation of water. In Chiapas, indigenous people drive away the Mexican army from their land that is being sold out to the global market. After the economic collapse in Argentina in December 2001, we see a population\'s uprising and its attempt to organise beyond state and market structures.