(94 min) Ethiopia/Romania/Saudi Arabia/US
SUNDAY 10/18, 5:35 PM (SESSION 9)
Director/Producer: Kurt Langbein
United Nations Association Film Festival
Cubberly Community Center, Palo Alto
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. This film gives an inside look into the world of investors in the international agro-business and how the politics of the European Union is involved. Land grabbing doesn’t only happen in Asia and Africa, but also in Europe’s breadbasket Romania. The film takes a closer look into Europe and also challenges investors and their practices.
Kurt Langbein, holds a degree in sociology from Vienna University. He is a documentary filmmaker and feature-journalist with Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, the Austrian news editor with the news-magazine profil, the CEO of Langbein & Partner Media, a producer and director of several documentaries and TV reports, and writer of several non-fiction books (e.g. Bitter Pills 1983, Guidebook to Healthfulness 1986, Prolonging Life—At What Cost 1994, 1996, The Medicine Syndicate 2003, Medicine: Classified Information 2009, Pushing Down Daisies—Life After Cancer 2012). He was awarded the Leopold Ungar-Prize for his TV documentary The Sense of Endowing. He won the Axel-Corti-Award for Service of Excellence in Broadcasting and TV.