Percy Schmeiser - David versus Monsanto

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This film is available in English, German (both on one DVD), French and Spanish.

Imagine: a storm blows across your garden and without your knowledge or consent, foreign and genetically-manipulated seeds are in your vegetable patch.
Few days later, representatives of a multi-national corporate group file a criminal complaint against you, for the illegal use of patented, manipulated seeds. The court finds for the corporate group! You fight back...
This is the story of Percy and Louise Schmeiser in Canada.

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This film is available in English, German (both on one DVD), French and Spanish.

Imagine a storm blows across your garden – and that now, without your knowledge and without your consent, foreign, genetically manipulated seeds are present in the vegetable patch you have tended for years. A few days later, representatives of a multi-national corporation visit you at home, demand that you surrender your produce - and simultaneously file a criminal complaint against you, with a fine of € 20,000,- for the illegal use of patented, genetically-manipulated seeds.

What's more: The court decides in favor of the corporate group. But you fight back....

Around the world, this story represents the bitter truth. It’s the real-life experience of Canadians Percy und Louise Schmeiser, winners of the Alternative Nobel Prize, who have been fighting chemical and seed manufacturer Monsanto since 1996. Today, nearly three-fourths of genetically manipulated plants harvested worldwide originated in Monsanto labs.

Monsanto is the U.S.-based corporation responsible for the invention of such destructive and discredited inventions as as DDT, PCB and Agent Orange. Its aim is to gain absolute hegemony over plants - from the field all the way to the consumer's plate. And in its efforts to achieve this goal, Monsanto has no qualms. Like the Schmeisers, farmers Troy Rush, David Runyon and Marc Loisell have learned the hard way what it means to be confronted with Monsanto's methods of doing business – as have thousands of other farmers worldwide.

The Schmeisers and their allies are not only fighting against Monsanto – and for their livelihood as farmers – but for the right to freedom of speech and to their property.

And above all, they are campaigning for the future of their children and grandchildren – so that they, too, will have the chance to grow up in a world free from genetically-manipulated food.

This film is for anyone who fears that, as individuals, we have no power to confront policymakers, large corporations or the business world. David versus Monsanto offers hope: It shows that it can be done.

Awarded with 3 international Prizes

The Chris Award, 58th Columbus International Film Festival 2010 -- The Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism Award 2009 -- Award for the Festival Theme, The Film Festival of Colorado 2010

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Length
65 min
Available languages
English/German/French/Spanish
Year
2009
FSK
suitable for all ages
ISBN
978-3-935573-34-4
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