vrijdag, oktober 14, 2016 - 19:00

On Friday, October 14th, Filmhuis Den Haag and Initiatives of Change Netherlands present the screening of the new documentary by filmmaker Jan van de Berg: 'Silent Land: the fight for fair food'. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with scientist and environmental activist Vandana Shiva (India) and entrepreneur Maurits Groen (the Netherlands). The event will be in English.

Silent Land: the fight for fair food

Silent LandIn Cambodia, more and more fertile land is taken over by the large-scale farming industry while farmer families are fighting for the ownership of their land in order to maintain local food security. Who has the sustainable answer to feed the ever-growing world population? Silent Land shows the stories behind this conflict.

You will be taken into the world of a young Cambodian mother called Moon who sees big sugar companies grabbing the land around her village. Moon is afraid her land will be taken as well so she decides to stand up and fight for her rights: to the land and to farm it organically. On the other side stands His Excellency Mong Reththy, owner of vast areas of land and one of the richest men of Cambodia, who also dreams of a better future for his country.

Special screening on October 14

Monsanto Tribunal 2016The Monsanto Tribunal will be held in The Hague on October 14-16. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Monsanto, a US-based company, has developed a number of highly toxic products, which have permanently damaged the environment and caused illness or death for thousands of people. The Monsanto tribunal aims to assess the allegations made against Monsanto, and to evaluate the damages caused by this transnational company. Both Silent Land and the Monsanto Tribunal take you into the world of dilemma’s surrounding food security and safety that affect us all. Therefore a special screening of the film will be organized on Friday, October 14.

Program and speakers

The evening will start at 7 p.m. with an introduction of filmmaker Jan van den Berg. After the film we will have a discussion with scientist and environmental activist Vandana Shiva (India) and entrepreneur Maurits Groen (the Netherlands).

Vandana ShivaVandana Shiva (1952), doctor in nuclear physics, is a worldwide icon from India who is concerned with organic farming, social struggles and ecofeminism. The past years she has been active with the international campaign for seed-freedom; the right of farmers to share and multiply seeds. She is one of the co-founders of the Monsanto Tribunal.

Maurits GroenMaurits Groen (1953) is a Dutch communication advisor, activist and entrepreneur, concerned with environmental and development issues. He is known as an advocate of sustainability, initiator of sustainable coalitions and founder of companies as Waka Wake, which produces solar powered lights and chargers. In 2015 Maurits Groen was named number one on the Dutch Sustainable 100 list by newspaper Trouw.

Join us!

You can buy your ticket for this event for 10 euros at Filmhuis Den Haag. The box office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Or you can buy your ticket online at the website of Filmhuis Den Haag (you will have to register).