Audio............: 2.0 Swedish, English
Subtitles........: Swedish, English
Video Format.....: 4:3
DVD Source.......: DVD9 compressed to DVD5
DVD Format.......: PAL
Extras...........: 100 min
A documentary film by Pe┼ Holmquist and Suzanne Khardalian, 2005. 73 min.
Her opponents call her "The Green Killer". They gave her "The Bullshit Award"
for sustaining poverty. TIME says she is a hero of our times, an icon for
youngsters all over the world.
The film is about Vandana Shiva, Indian environmental activist and nuclear
physicist, who was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993. It's a film on
globalisation and patenting, on genetic engineering, bio-piracy, indigenous
In this documentary, the filmmakers follow Vandana Shiva over a two-year period,
from her organic farm at the foot of the Himalayas to institutions of power all
over the world. Here Vandana Shiva does battle with one of her toughest
opponents, Monsanto, a huge American biotech company, when they try to patent an
ancient Indian strain of wheat. Together with Dalits she tries to close down a
Coca-Cola plant in Kerala, in a conflict involving groundwater pollution. In
this film Vandana Shiva also tackles the question of farmer's suicide, a
backlash of the globalisation.
The filmmakers describe Monsanto from the inside and arrange what proves a
shaking meeting between Vandana Shiva and Barun Mitra, liberal think-tank,
lobbyist and fierce critic of Vandana Shiva √ and the man who gave her the "Bullshit Prize".
Pe┼ Holmquist and Suzanne Khardalian are Swedish independent filmmakers who have
directed more than 50 documentaries, among them several award-winning films,
like Gaza Ghetto, Back to Ararat, Unsafe Ground, Her Armenian Prince, From Opium
to Chrysanthemums, My Dad the Inspector and I Hate Dogs √ the last survivor.
On the film:
BULLSHIT shows us another side of the Third World... Like a small hot, colourful
steam engine, she puffs along, the Indian environment activist Vandana Shiva...
People, in what we in the West call the Third World, are all too often shown as
victims √ an image that Vandana Shiva does away with entirely.
Svenska Dagbladet, major Swedish daily paper
If you need cheering up, you should link Darwin's Nightmare to Pe┼ Holmquist
and Suzanne Khardalian's "Bullshit", which describes Indian Vandana Shiva's
struggle √ filling all with enthusiasm against as yet unproven-to-be-safe gene
manipulation and against major companies' continual attempts to patent all
manner of crops in order to take over the world market, something that would
result in disaster.
Dagens Nyheter, major Swedish daily paper
BULLSHIT is a fantastic and inspiring film. Vandana Shiva deserves the Nobel
Prize, but people like her, and Noam Chomsky who I made a film about a few years
ago, are always overlooked.
Peter Wintonick, Canadian filmmaker
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