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Documentaries: Land and Resource Grabbing

A regularly updated list of online documentaries, shorts and trailers on land and resource grabbing for large scale agriculture, the production of agrofuels, export crops, mining, tourism and other ends. FIAN Netherlands does not necessarily endorse the content of all the documentaries listed here.

Land Grabbing (trailer): The world’s farmland is at risk. Demand for land has soared as investors look for places to grow food for export, grow crops for biofuels or simply buy up land for profit. The film gives an inside look into the world of investors in the international agro-business and shows the consequences for families kicked off the land. Land Grabbing shows how ‘colonialism 2.0’ works.
Director: Kurt Langbein
Length: 94 min
Year: 2015
Language: German with English subtitles

Orphans of the land (trailer/website): People facing resettlement are filled with hope for a better life. Although some families find prosperity after resettlement, as orphans of the land, villages lose autonomy to make decisions about the natural resources on which their livelihoods depend. Resettled people cannot access enough land to recreate their traditional cropping system, leaving them vulnerable to food insecurity.
Director: Jessica Milgroom
Length: 30 min
Year: 2016

Coffee to go – with the flavor of eviction: Exactly 11 years ago, hundreds of families in the region of Mubende in Uganda were violently expelled from their lands to make way for a coffee plantation run by the German multinational Neumann Kaffee Gruppe. This short documentary from FIAN recalls these events.
Produced by: FIAN International
Length: 12 min
Year: 2012
Language: English

When Elephants Dance the Grass Gets Beaten: This short film highlights the tragic situation of small-scale farmers in Cambodia, where a lot of land has been sold to foreign investors who use it for export crops.
Director: Jan van den Berg
Length: 25 min
Year: 2013
Language: Khmer
Subtitling: English

No food no land no life (trailer) is both an urgent call to end land grabbing and a passionate appeal for sustainable small scale agriculture.
Director: Amy Miller
Length: 75 min
Year: 2013
Language: English

Seeds of discontent takes us to the north of Mozambique, where a forestry com- pany financed by Dutch, Swedish and Norwegian investors is establishing large scale tree plantations.
Director: Geoff Arbourne for TNI/FIAN/UNAC
Length: 22 min
Year: 2013
Language: Portuguese
Subtitels: English

The Carbon Rush (trailer): This documentary presents a revealing look at the system of ‘carbon credits’. Carbon trading is a multi-billion dollar business that has become something of a stock market.
Director: Amy Miller
Length: 50 min
Year: 2012
Language: English, Portuguese, Spanish and Hindi

Bajo Aguán: Grito por la tierra (trailer): a documentary on land conflicts in Bajo Aguán, Honduras, caused by the expansion of large oil palm plantations. The peasants have organized themselves to defend their land rights.
Produced by: ALBA SUD, Rel-UITA with support of FIAN International and other organizations
Length: 30 min
Year: 2012
Language: Spanish

Small peasants, big plantations
: The Mozambiqan government has marked the northern Niassa province to promote commercial, large-scale tree plantations. Currently, the single biggest plantation in the region comprises of 13,000 hectares of eucalyptus and pine, and is owned by a company called ‘Chikweti Forests of Niassa.’ Video made by the Water Channel during the Niassa speakers’ tour in September 2012.
Produced by: TheWaterChannel
Length: 12 min
Year: 2012
Language: English, Portuguese

Soy Farming and Land Grab in the Brazilian Amazon
: In this interview, Dr, Sergio Sauer (National Rapporteur for Human Rights in Land, Territory and Food, Brazil) explains the politics and business of land grabs. He also talks about how monoculture impairs food security, limitations of mass-media reportage, global significance of the Amazonian land grabs and why they are everyone’s business.
Produced by: TheWaterChannel
Length: 12 min
Year: 2012
Language: English

5 ways to re-think land grabs: Our conception of land-grabs and global discussions on the phenomenon are a bit too ‘Africanised’, according to Professor Saturnino (Jun) Borras (ISS).  In this short interview he fleshes out 5 perspectives from which land grabbing could be viewed afresh. And perhaps understood better.
Produced by: TheWaterChannel
Length: 9 min
Year: 2012
Language: English

La Toma (trailer): A short documentary about the conflict between the artisanal gold mining industry and corporate interests in the community of La Toma, Colombia.
Director: Paola Mendoza.
Year: 2010
Language: Spanish, English subtitles.

Birdwatchers: when a tribe of indigenous Guarani attempts to re-inhabit their ancestral land, which lies on the border of a wealthy landowner’s fields, tensions escalate.
Director: Marco Bechis
Length: 104 min
Year: 2008
Language: Italian and English

Op jacht naar Afrikaanse grond: this Dutch documentary follows a Wall Street banker, who tries to get his hand on many hectares of land in South Sudan.  A unique portrait of the ‘Indiana Jones’ of land speculation.
Director: Shuchen Tan
Length: 50 min
Year: 2011
Language: Dutch

De voedselspeculant; geld, graan en revolutie: Dutch director Kees Brouwer speculates with food. By doing this he wants to see if the abstract world of financial products really does have an effect on our daily lives.
Director: Kees Brouwers
Length: 49 min
Year: 2011
Language: Dutch

Handel in Honger: Zembla investigates the consequences of the high food prices for daily life in Kenya. They also identify which Dutch financial institutions are strongly involved in the speculation with natural resources.
Length: 34 min
Year: 2011
Language: Dutch