Screenings - April 2009

3rd I's Green Eye Series
3rdi is proud to co-present at the 52nd San Francisco Int’l Film Festival

3rd I South Asian Independent Film presents:
3rd I's Green Eye
April-June, 2009

A series of films and conversations about the environment, how it's changing and how it impacts human beings - through a South Asian lens.

We start the series in April with:

Bullshit! a film by PeÅ Holmquist and Suzanne Khardalian
(2005, Sweden, 73 mins)

When: April 19, Sunday, 2pm
Where: ATA, 992 Valencia at 21st Street, San Francisco
Cost: $7

Vandana Shiva

Special Guests:
Ritu Primlani, of Thimmakka (a Bay Area non-profit that helps local restaurants become ‘certified green’). Ms. Primlani conducted her Masters thesis on biopiracy: Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Knowledge Systems, specifically patents on Azadirachta Indica A. Juss, one of the three most sacred trees in India, commonly known as the Neem tree.

About the Film:
Her opponents gave her the "Bullshit Award" for sustaining global poverty. Time Magazine hailed her as one of the great heroes of our time - an icon for young people all over the world. She is Vandana Shiva and this is a film about globalization, genetic engineering, bio-piracy, food, and water.

In this documentary, we follow environmental activist and nuclear physicist Vandana Shiva for a period of two years, a whirlwind tour from her organic farm at the foot of the Himalayas to the summit of the World Trade Organization in Mexico to a protest outside the European Patents Office in Munich. Here, in these institutions of power, Shiva does battle with the proponents of globalization, multi-national corporations like Monsanto, an American bio-tech company manufacturing genetically modified foods (whom Shiva holds responsible for a rash
of farmers' suicides) and Coca-Cola, accused of depleting and contaminating groundwater in India. A portrait of a tireless and fearless activist (Shiva is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the United Nations' Earth Day International Award), Bullshit also gives voice to the small farmers affected by these policies, as well as to some of her staunchest opponents, including executives from Monsanto and Coca-Cola, and especially Barun Mitra, a neo-liberal lobbyist who gave Shiva the "Bullshit Award" for espousing lies about the negative effects of globalization (upon receiving the award, Shiva mockingly retorted that "cow dung is the most beautiful of materials").
- The Cinema Guild

PeÅ Holmquist and Suzanne Khardalian are Swedish independent filmmakers who have directed more than 50 documentaries, among them several award-winning films, like Gaza Ghetto, Back to Ararat, Unsafe Ground, Her Armenian Prince, From Opium to Chrysanthemums, My Dad the Inspector and I Hate Dogs – the last survivor.

The Christensen FundThis program was made possible in part by a grant from The Christensen Fund.

Special thanks to The Booksmith for providing copies of Vandana Shiva's books at the event.


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