The nine films featured in the '9x9 Film Festival'—created by The Source Project and presented here on Common Dreams in partnership with /The Rules project—have been made for one reason: to help people understand the reality of what’s really happening to the world’s food and farming systems, and why.
As the likes of the World Bank and Bill and Melinda Gates foundation begin to transform the development sector into a business driven model, the positive stories and propaganda that support that model are dominating the story of development. By creating a short films that can then be easily watched and shared on various social media platforms, we are able to not only help counter an imbalance of misinformation within development media but also stimulate consciousness on issues that otherwise would pass unnoticed.
At the heart of all these stories is agriculture, a system, not only of food production but also one that maintains our ecosystem, our cultures, our health and the very survival of humanity.
We interviewed food policy analyst Devinder Sharma in Delhi where he explained to us the event that was ‘the Green Revolution’ and how over the past 50 years, has changed agriculture more than it has over the past 10 thousand. A system designed and developed, not for long-term food security or sustainability but for the control and manipulation of our global food systems.
For the first few decades the world celebrated the Indian government’s new corporate-driven policy as statistics were mutated to convince the world of this modern technology’s success. The reality however is that in recent years, the true cost of this ‘experiment’ has begun to become ever more apparent to the farmers and communities of Punjab, the ‘Bread Basket’ of India.