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The deadly soyamafia

A Journey to the Fumigated
Regissør: Fernando E. Solanas

A Journey to the Fumigated Towns shows the pollution and extinction that threatens Argentina's indigenous population, caused by the soy industry.

Solanas' documentary film about the soy mafia, which was presented at the Berlin 2018, starts with images of illegal snow harvesting in an area of Salta Province in northern Argentina. This is primeval forest, and thus it is protected, but thousands of hectares of over one hundred year old forest are being harvested in just a few weeks, mainly to make room for soybean cultivation.

Solanas divides his film into ten chapters; it provides clarity and rhythmic elegance. Using two cameras – one filming the surroundings, and one filming what he does, encounters and conversations – he creates a natural transparency; nothing on the set is hidden from the audience.

mass poisoning

The film jumps right into the center of the disaster: Solanas meets the Wichis, the indigenous people who are the original owners of the earth. Some of them now live behind fences, others had to move to nearby villages to escape the plane raids that bombarded the area with pesticides. The most important food source. . .

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Dieter Wieczorek
Wieczorek is a critic living in Paris.

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