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Film Screening--"LAN­D RUSH: Land Grabs and the Fight for Justice"

This is an on-campus event: 155 West 60th Street between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues, McMahon Hall Room 109 Make sure your name is on the SECURITY LIST to enter by RSVPing to:

No matter where we live, we all rely on land and farmers to put food on the table. Join us for a screening of the film Land Rush, a documentary co-directed by Hugo Berkeley and Osvalde Lewat and produced by Eli Cane. The film, part of the Peabody award-winning Why Poverty? series has been screened around the world, including on PBS, BBC4, NHK, and others. Following the film there will be a dynamic panel discussion. Description of film & full list of panelists below.

The event is free but advanced registration is required at

Fantastically comprehensive without ever losing sight of the human beings at the epicenter. Wonderful." 
-The Guardian

The story: The 2008 economic crash had global ramifications which led to food shortages across the world. As a consequence, many investors began viewing agricultural land across the developing world as an increasingly valuable commodity. Between 2000 and 2010, land deals under consideration or negotiation worldwide amounted to a total of 2 million square kilometers. Many investors set their sights on countries such as Mali, where they saw significant land not producing to its highest potential. In Mali, nearly seventy-five per cent of the population relies on farming, so foreign investment is set to have a huge impact on the population.

Land Rush offers complicated and nuanced look at the interplay between corporations seeking to invest and local communities. The film focuses on attempts develop a massive sugar plantation on the land where hundreds of thousands of people live and farm.

Speakers/Panelists include: 
Eli Cane, Producer of "Land Rush" 
Professor Steven Stoll, environmental historian and a professor of history at Fordham University 
Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director of FoodFirst/Institute for Food and Development Policy 
Moderated by Irit Tamir, Senior Campaigns and Advocacy Advisor for Oxfam America

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  • Tiffany

    Great movie and discussion! (I just wish they'd allotted enough time to show the whole movie instead of just the first half.)

    1 · October 24, 2013

    • SirRoan Nerve T.

      Hi Tiffany. I wish I could've made it. Is there a website or location we can see the film?

      October 25, 2013

  • Tiffany

    Guess I'm not late after all! I'm in the second row from the front, near the wall.

    October 24, 2013

  • Tiffany

    Looks like I'm going to be staying after work Thursday, so I'll probably be late for the movie.

    October 22, 2013

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