200 farmers occupy a last plot of pristine land in California’s urban East Bay, plant 15,000 seedlings to feed the community and disrupt plans to convert the public land into a private real estate development. What happens next will change the fate of the land and reveal a new strategy for activism.
MILK MEN explores the dairy industry in the Pacific Northwest, following farmers through changing seasons in this scenic agricultural terrain. What emerges is a fascinating tale of modernity and economic pressures to grow-or-die.
Peter Dunning is a rugged individualist in the extreme, a hard-drinking loner and former artist who has burned bridges with his wives and children and whose only company, even on harsh winter nights, are the sheep, cows, and pigs he tends on his Vermont farm. Peter is also one of the most complicated, sympathetic documentary subjects to come along in some time, a product of the 1960s counterculture whose poetic idealism has since soured. For all his candor, he slips into drunken self-destructive habits, cursing the splendors of a pastoral landscape that he has spent decades nurturing. Imbued with an aching tenderness, Tony Stone’s documentary is both haunting and heartbreaking, a mosaic of its singular subject’s transitory memories and reflections—however funny, tragic, or angry they may be.
At Uz, a tiny hamlet in Portugal's northern mountains, emptied by emigration, only a few dozen peasants remain. As the community gathers together around the traditional August holidays, the young shepherd Daniel dreams of love. But the immutable cycle of seasons and the work in the fields quickly become the priority again.
Hugh Jackman (X-MEN’s “Wolverine”) flies to Ethiopia with World Vision’s successful initiative to raise people out of poverty. Hugh spends a day working with a coffee grower named Dukale who has big dreams.