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.
When we think of farmers, we tend to think of men, but the reality is that at least 50% of all the world’s food is produced by women. In one of the more remote areas of Odisha, eastern India live small communities of subsistence farmers, who, over the last few years have managed to return to a system of cooperative, zero-input agriculture.
This was a system that was used by all agricultural communities not so long ago until the event of the ‘Green Revolution’ that changed everything. Now, rather than surviving on an economically driven mono-crop system, the women of the community plant a variety of vegetables supplying them and their family with not only an income but also a diverse source of nutrition.