El Ejido. The Law Of Profit

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Country
  • Belgium
Duration
81min 
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Today, the formerly-deserted region of Almeria in southern Spain produces one third of Europe’s winter consumption of fruits and vegetables and reaps two thirds of the country’s farm profits. This ‘economic miracle’ in a greenhouse relies on the labour of nearly 80.000 immigrants, half of whom do not have proper working papers. In a destroyed environment where the air is vitiated by pesticides and ground water is running out, the village of El Ejido illustrates, almost to the point of caricature, this industrial exploitation of men and the land encouraged by globalisation. Driss, Moussaid and Djibril are day-labourers there, working for a pittance and, as is the case with most of their peers, without a working contract. They stay in chabolas, small constructions made of cardboard and plastic, without water or electricity. Near-slavery that fills our plates...

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Details

  • Original title
    El Ejido. The Law Of Profit
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Caroline Becker
  • DOP
    Philippe Therasse
  • Editing
    Karima Saïdi
  • Music
    Marc Van Eyck (Some Music ASBL)
  • Sound
    Blaise Jadoul
  • Duration
    81 min (46-90 min.)
  • Country
    • Belgium
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • SELECTED BY:
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    • FIFDH - Festival International du Film sur les Droits Humains, Genève
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    • Rencontres Internationales du Film Documentaire Doc à Tunis
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    • The 28th Durban International Film Festival, South Africa
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    • Docville International Documentary Film Festival, Leuven, Belgium
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    • Amakula International Film Festival, Kampala, Ouganda
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    • Prix Europa Festival, Berlin, Germany
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    • Lago Film Fest, Italia
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    • Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
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    • The 12th Split Film Festival, Croatia
    • Festival International de Contis, France
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    • Festival Büro // Exground Filmfest 20, Germany
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    • 12th Ourense International Independent Film Festival, Spain
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    • 12è edition de la Mostra de Cinema Africa de Barcelona & de Madrid
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    • Festival de la Cimade Sud-Ouest
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    • Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival, Germany
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    • 27è Festival International du film d’Amiens
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    • Festival de documentaires du CENACI et du CCF de Libreville
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    • Second Bursa International Silk Road Film Festival, Turkey (?)
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    • 5ème Festival du Film Marocain Rotterdam « CINEMAR » (?)
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    • TIFFG, Toronto International Film festival Group in The Human Rights Watch series, Canada
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    • DocuEchoes, Czech Republic
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    • Festival Cinefeuille, Tarn
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    • Festival de cinema d’Attac – Images mouvementées, Paris - France
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    • Panorama des cinémas du Maghreb 3ème édition, France
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    • FICA, 5ème édition du Festival International du Court Métrage d’Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
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    • 9th International Days of Documentary Cinema Crossroads of Europe, Poland
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    • Festival de Cinéma Africain de Tarifa, Spain
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    • Film festival Open Doek, Turnhout, Belgium
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    • Afrika Filmfestival, Holsbeek, Belgium
    • FIPA - Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels 2007, France
    • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2007, Greece
    • Munich International Documentary Film Festival 2007, Germany
    • Doclisboa International Documentary Film Festival 2007, Portugal
    • Festival du film d’Afrique et des Iles 2007
    • 11th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2007, Czech Republic
  • Awards
    • AWARDS:
    • FESPACO 2007 - Best Documentary Film
    • Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
    • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HONORARY AWARD - RIFF
    • Reykjavik International Film Festiva

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