Panorama Planet

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.
Zona Franca is a vast old-fashioned commercial area in the heart of the Chilean province located near the Strait of Magellan. This former original territory, now mirroring our mercantile society, attracts numerous tourists looking for the end of the world. However, a truck driver, a gold miner and a young security guard resist. The deeply rooted violence of this area suddenly reappears when a strike paralyses the region.
After the deadly Tsunami of 2004, the originally isolated and self-sufficient aboriginal populations of the Nicobar Islands Archipelago were invaded by humanitarian aid and initiatives. These interventions affect their lifestyle, their culture, their identity and their memory, which are all endangered.
The local communities of Colombia, victims of the intensive oil palm production extolled by the government, take the floor. Peasants, farmers and indigenous people fight hard to reclaim their land, to the cost of their lives.
Over two years, the Hussin brothers ride their bicycles through the American South. They explore remote areas, seeking out creative and innovative means of reclaiming local culture and rebuilding the local economy. Several communities take them in, offering them shelter and sharing their culture with them. An insight into another emerging America.