Peter Westerveld, artist and visionary, doesn’t want institutions to resolve the problems linked to earth’s problems. Growing up in Africa, he witnessed the advance of the desert and dedicated himself to finding solutions for the ongoing erosion and desertification of the land. The film follows Peter and the NGO working with him to realise his project; to build contour trenches that capture and store rain water under the surface and replenish the desert land.
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. However, in the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seed varieties, farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous people fight a David and Goliath battle to defend 12,000 years of food legacy.
Wild Plants is an exploratory voyage. The film stands slips into the daily life of people who maintain a particular, intimate and peculiar relationship with nature around them. From urban gardeners in post-industrial Detroit, to the innovative agricultural cooperative “Jardins de Cocagne” in Geneva, we discover their way of being, accompanied by with a great sense of poetry and a peaceful rhythm.
Each day, that the waste we produce disappears quickly, but where does it go? In Plastic China, we discover how plastic waste from all around the world ends up in China. 11 year-old Yi-Jie doesn’t go to school, instead working with her parents in a recycling workshop. Going to school is all she longs for. Through the story of two families, the film explores how waste is recycled by hand and how these families lives are irreversibly damaged by their efforts to make a living.
More than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina - the deadliest hurricane in US history - struck, New Orleans is being rebuilt. Under such emergency conditions, the town is experiencing of the effects of capitalism combined with this unprecedented disaster and symbolises a country where the gap between the rich and the poor is still widening.
In the Romanian village of Lunguletu, 1,000 farmers on their tractors sit on 100,000 tons of cabbages, waiting for customers. At the end of the day, they either sell their produce for nothing or destroy their crops. Serban, intrigued by the possibility of buying 1 ton of cabbages for only 20 euros, decides to spend one year in the village and to find out if there is any way out of this deadlock. The mayor and certain villagers have ideas and possible solutions. Yet can they overcome their fear of a collective farm? A satire of the current reality of agriculture in Europe.

Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes its course, while the life of the Cambodian people continues to flow in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth, a

Summer of 2010. Russia. Wildfires devastated almost all of the European part of the country. The village where Lesha lives was devastated in the fire.

A passionate debate over shale gas ‘fracking’ rages in Bulgaria.

In the middle of the world’s biggest fruit and vegetable garden, the “Mar del plástico”, lies the Andalusian village of San Agustín.