Bittere Ernte

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"Bittere Ernte" focuses on a humanitarian catastrophe that affects around half of the world's population, but hardly penetrates our consciousness: the situation of farmers who produce food but usually do not have enough themselves to feed themselves or - as is often the case here - fall into a debt trap that threatens their very existence.

The film investigates the causes of this misery and points out connections that point to our economic system, but also to Switzerland as the seat of important agrochemical companies and the hub of the food trade.

"Bittere Ernte" is a very well made documentary film that skillfully combines the agricultural crisis with the global hunger crisis and identifies and uncovers the reasons and backgrounds. The film focuses on the human level and on the tragedies associated with the loss of traditional agriculture. The editorial team highly recommends this film.

With 4.7 stars out of a maximum of 6, "Bittere Ernte" made a positive impression on our film jury. The documentary shows in an impressive way the impact of humans on their environment and basis of life. It sheds light on global connections and is highly relevant and topical. The journalistic performance as well as the professional style of the film convinced our jury throughout. The jury found fault with the fact that the film failed to develop solutions and thus left the viewer somewhat perplexed.

Those who expect positive visions for the future from "Bittere Ernte" will be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you want to see an exciting and cinematically excellent documentary that focuses more on the analysis of the problem than on solutions, you should definitely give "Bittere Ernte" a chance.

Director(s): Mathieu Roy
Script: Mathieu Roy, Benoit Aquin
Production: Gabriela Bussmann, Lucie Tremblay, Colette Loumède, Vadim Jendreyko
Actors: Mamadou Cissokho, Keith Rockwell, Vijay Jawandhia, Palagummi Sainath, Utsa Patnaik, Juan Gonzales-Valero, Jaideep Hardikar, Claude Jaccoud, Paul Ecoffey, Roland Boson, Marcel Mazoyer
Year: 2017
Duration: 78 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): French, English
Language (subtitles): German, French, English
Country of origin: France
Shooting Locations: Switzerland, Canada, India
Screening rights: Vinca Film ()

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Main topic(s): Global Food
Secondary topics: soil industrial agriculture
Mentions: agriculture crisis market poverty soil food capitalism cows milk Switzerland seeds
Topic Page(s): Global Food


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