Summer Semester 2010,
OF FARMERS AND THE INDUSTRY
The film follows a traditionally working farmer trough his day, juxtaposed with images taken at large agricultural plants. The focus is mainly on (large-scale) livestock husbandry and the individual differences and financial restraints both businesses are subject to. On one side is the aim to preserve and utilize ancient wisdom and tradition to achieve high quality products; while on the other side there are rules, regulations, industry standards and the reputed consumer’s demand- the market dictates.
How does the trade see itself at times of omnipresent food scandals?
How do both approaches deal with livestock and soil?
Where lies the future of agriculture?
The film combines stills with moving images, original soundtrack and interviews to capture the atmosphere of both places by simple, straightforward means and convey it to the audience. Both sides, the traditional farm and the industrial plant, are shown in separate chapters without spoken commentary; only the interviewees speak for themselves representing their respective fields.
SHORT LIFE/LONG LIFE