Eco-docs make a point
Rating: NNNNNPLANET IN FOCUS: TORONTO ENVIRONMENTAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVALserves up a crop of eco-docs from all over the globe..
PLANET IN FOCUS: TORONTO ENVIRONMENTAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVALserves up a crop of eco-docs from all over the globe. The range is impressive – from food security in rural India to land rights in Brazil, from experimental views of the Namibian coastline to huckster Tiger Woods. Organizers Michelle Van Beusekom and Mark Haslam have put together a smart, inspiring program. But it may be Jen Schradie and Matt DeVries’s The Golf War (Sunday, October 1, 3 pm, Metro Hall) that piques the most interest. They show Filipino farmers fighting moves to turn their land into a golf course. Tiger and Earl Woods show up to hype golf in the Philippines, with no idea of the environmental impact. Elsewhere, Krishnendu Bose’s Harvesting Hunger tells the story of subsistence farmers in Orissa, India, who organize against landowners. Bose lets the subjects tell their own stories, which distinguishes this film from a lot of concerned, intrusive docs. Planet In Focus also screens a number of Canadian films, including Jennifer Abbott’s meat-industry expose A Cow At Our Table (September 30, 3 pm, Metro Hall). The festival runs September 28 to October 1 at Innis Town Hall, Metro Hall and Jackman Hall.