program

FILMS

You Think The Earth Is a Dead Thing

Tu crezi că pământul e lucru mort

74 films in 13 categories
Florence Lazar
France
70'


2019
Photo Film

V.O.

French, Creole

subtitles

English, Romanian


Original Title

Tu crois que la terre est chose morte

CATEGORY

WHEN THE TANKS CRY FOR US

synopsis

Martinique, with all its appearance of a terrestrial paradise, is in fact an aberration in the 21st century, a residue of colonialism, the present situation of which reminds us, if that was still needed, of its indelible effect on the territories and the populations that it enslaved. Florence Lazar’s film starts from the ascertainment that the island, still under French tutelage, is the laboratory of agri-food industries which, for lack of some strict regulations and a responsible political class, dump their pesticides in the local waters and soil, boosting their production levels at the expense of the people’s health. The film focuses on the locals' resistance strategies, from the classic mass demonstration to attempts to preserve and pass on ancestral knowledge regarding the healing properties of plants. In each shot vibrates a luxurious nature which preserves its splendour in spite of repeated attacks from humans – its resilience, that the subjects often mention, makes itself felt to both those in front of the camera and behind it. The frontiers between farmer, shaman, and scientist become blurred, and Lazar and her team observe this dilation of traditional classifications without expressing any doubts or value judgements. The filmmakers’ refusal to verbally intervene in any way during the shooting, even though it might seem disorienting at first, gives the people a welcome space for their discourses, all the more since they otherwise rarely have the chance to make themselves heard. (Liri Alienor Chapelan)

* Adopted by: Greenpeace Romania

awards and festivals

International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam 2020

Cinéma du réel 2020
Euganea Film Festival (Euganean Mountains, Italy) 2020 - Best Movie
International Documentary film festival of Buenos Aires 2020
Sheffield Doc|Fest 2020
Pelicam International Film Festival 2020
Umea Europea Film Festival 2020
Terra Di Tutti Film Festival 2020
Inconvenient Film Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania) 2020

distributor

Arte France

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