Kurt Langbein / Austria / 2015 / 94mins / German, English, Romanian with English subtitles / Documentary
“Offers a razor sharp visualization of the tremendous drivers and tragic dramas of mega investments in land.” – Entitle Blog.
Urgent and outrageous, Land Grabbing, shows us both sides of the contentious issue of land ‘acquisitions’. Beautifully filmed, we journey from Romania, Cambodia, Ethiopia and Indonesia, hearing from investors, international agro-businesses to farmers and land users in hunger-stricken countries. The spike in market demand for food and bio-fuel after the GFC in 2008 sparked a rush in land deals securing access and profits to important resources like palm oil, soybeans and sugar cane. As the world’s farmland becomes scarcer and more valuable, the consequence of land grabbing is a lesson in neocolonialism, impacting climate, biodiversity and indigenous people, dispossessed, intimidated and denied control and value of their lands.
This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
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AWARDS & APPEARANCES
One World International Film Festival 2016
Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival 2016
Post-film panel featuring Associate Professor in the faculty of law at Monash University and a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Adam McBeth; Sustainable Food Advocacy Coordinator at Oxfam Australia Shona Hawkes; Campaigns co-ordinator at Friends of the Earth Cam Walker.