Big agribusiness companies claim their genetically modified seeds offer effective solutions to feeding the planet. But there’s growing concern over such technological trade-offs. The situation is especially desperate in India, where an epidemic of farmer suicides has claimed over a quarter-million lives in the last 17 years.
More than 50,000 Mexican men, women and children have been killed in drug war related violence since December of 2006, including many members of the Mexican media. Director Bernardo Ruiz followed employees of the weekly paper Zeta as they grappled with the violence.
The items for auction at this year's Cinema Against AIDS gala included art work by Andy Warhol and Damien Hurst and a film directed by designer Karl Lagerfeld and produced by Harvey Weinstein, with the winning bidder starring in the leading role.
The former enfant-terrible of French cinema, Leos Carax, is back with a new film. Holy Motors depicts a wealthy executive shuttling between a series of appointments. At each “appointment” he acts out some fantasy – two murders and an erotic stop-motion action sequence among them.
Woldview film commentator Milos Stehlik checks in from the film festival, where rain on the Cannes parade is making it a stressful festival for many – especially since everything in Cannes means waiting in line.
Filmmakers and producers descend on Cannes with the hopes of getting money for a project. In reality, the thousands of films talked about and shown in the Cannes Market are films no one’s ever heard of and probably never will hear of again.
The whimsical, fairy-tale atmosphere of opening night has quickly worn off for darker colors. Take Paradise, for example, a film by Austrian director Ulrich Seidl about sexual tourism in the Horn of Africa.