AL GRANO: Corn Regime

AL GRANO: Corn Regime

© Pat Badani

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Date: 2011
Materials: Still from split screen film short
Measurements: 7 mins 37 secs duration

Documentary Short-film.

Al Grano: Corn Regime” addresses the livelihood struggles of maize growers in Mexico – center of origin, domestication and biodiversity of maize - and the balance/unbalance created by environmentally sustainable and exploitative agro-practices today. The documentary film showcases specialists who examine the politics of food and GM corn technology using as lens: maize cultivation, technology, and trade and border crossings at the intersection of ancient and contemporary sciences and technologies. In the film, social anthropologist Elisabeth Fitting argues that maize agriculture is seen as culture where unevenly shaped opinions and meanings are formed in engagement with wider economic and political structures.

Keywords:, Food, Food Safety, Sustainability, Economy, Trade, Maize, Indigenous peoples, Corn, Corporations, Biotechnology, Transnationalism, Mexico.

Year of production: 2011
Duration: 7mins 37secs

Pat Badani: Director - producer - interviewer- camera operator - editor
Richard du Casse, Desiree Agngarayngay, Marina Badani: Video Technical Assistant

- Elisabeth Fitting, Social Anthropologist, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada. Author of “The Struggle for Maize: Campesinos, Workers, and Transgenic Corn in the Mexican Countryside”, Duke University Press (2011).
- Pat Mooney, Executive Director, ETC Group (Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration) Ottawa, Canada.

Exhibition / Screenings - 2010 to 2013
- CeC - Carnival of e-Creativity Sattal, India (22-24 Feb 2013)
- ExTeresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico (18 & 19 October 2012)
- Fine Art Film Festival Szolnok, Hungary (11-14 October 2012)
- Budapest International Short-film Festival, Hungary (5-9 September 2012)
- Kansk International Video Festival, Moscow, Russia (17-25 August 2012)
- ISEA2011, Istanbul, Turkey (14-21 September 2011)

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