More things to do this weekend! In case you missed it the Montreal International Documentary Film Festival is taking place until Sunday November 24th. In it are two documentaries highlighting Quebec farmers. Both look really interesting and are playing over the weekend.
Le Semeur (World Premiere)
Friday November 22, 20h30
He likes beets, especially hardy varieties that can stand up to a strong wind. He admires independence in a plant. He looks over his carrots with the same patience and meticulousness as he harvests seeds from his squash. Sometimes, he dreams about a certain cherry tree whose genetic legacy he wants to preserve and spread. Not to mention his pride in his Polish rutabagas. Patrice Fortier isn’t crazy, he’s just seriously passionate about his work. Living on his company farm, Société des plantes, in the Kamouraska Valley, he is preserving and propagating rare and forgotten seeds in order to restore vitality and variety to our agricultural heritage. Directed by Julie Perron with uncommon elegance and assurance, Le semeur gives us a fascinating taste of Fortier’s intensely lived days.
Fermieres (World Premiere)
Sunday November 24, 16h30
They aren’t the same age, they don’t live in the same towns and they don’t even do the same things. But their eyes shine with the same vitality, determination and enthusiasm. Thérèse the artisan, Francine the perfectionist, Anne-Marie the ethnographer, Yolande the company president and so many more: all are volunteer members of a farm women’s group, the Cercles de Fermières du Québec. The clubs were founded in 1915 by the provincial agriculture department, and they’re still active in more than 600 municipalities. They were and remain warm, strong places where Quebec’s women can express their identity. Annie St-Pierre takes an affectionate look at a year in the women’s lives, built around a sense of solidarity, sharing, activism, education and joie de vivre.
This one also looks interesting, but sadly has already played. It’s certainly worth looking up though.
No Land. No Food. No Life.
A year after The Carbon Rush, activist filmmaker Amy Miller is back with a hard-hitting documentary about the excesses of globalized agri-business. Filmed in several countries, it exposes the workings and disastrous impacts of the usurpation of land by the industry’s giant corporations. In the perverse logic of forced globalization, local farmers have no choice but to surrender their land to one of the handful of multinationals that control the world’s food reserves. With a foundation of solid research and numerous field interviews among local populations, No Land No Food No Life, narrated by Neve Campbell, updates us on one of the greatest scandals of our time, the root cause of a crisis of rampant malnutrition.