Land Rush

Oscar Lewat, Hugo Berkeley, United Kingdom, 2012

52 min.Documentary

75% of Mali's population are farmers, but rich, land-hungry nations like China and Saudi Arabia are leasing Mali's land in order to turn large areas into agribusiness farms. Many Malian peasants do not welcome these efforts, seeing them as yet another manifestation of imperialism. As Mali experiences a military coup, the developers are scared off - but can Mali's farmers combat food shortages and escape poverty on their own terms?
Basic information Credits
Original title Land Rush
Danish title Kampen om jorden
Other titles Why Poverty? - Land Rush, Hvorfor fattigdom? - Kampen om jorden
Director Oscar Lewat, Hugo Berkeley
Director of Photography Crystel Fournier
Editor Lizi Gelber
Production country United Kingdom, United States
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, DR TV
Technical info color, Sound
TV release 25.11.2012, DR, Alle 8 film vises 25. nov. - 2. dec. 2012
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company
Executive Producer Steps International
Co-production YLE TV1, SVT, NRK Norsk Rikskringskasting, BBC, The Open University
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, DR TV


Direction Oscar Lewat
Direction Hugo Berkeley


Executive producer and production manager Eli Cane
Executive producer Hugo Berkeley
Associate producer Andrey Diarra
Creative producer Tom Roberts
Producer's assistant Makan Diakité
Producer's assistant Andrew Cesana
Producer's assistant Darren Arnaud


Cinematographer Crystel Fournier
First assistant camera Hugo Berkeley
First assistant camera Abdélah Coulibaly
First assistant camera Elia Lyssy
First assistant camera Jojo Pennebaker
First assistant camera Philippe Radoux
First assistant camera David Agrawal


Editor Lizi Gelber
B-editor Veronique Bruque
B-editor Hugo Berkeley
Assistant editor Stephanie Meth


Sound recordist Adama Diarra
Sound recordist Eli Cane
Sound recordist Laurent Malan
Sound technician Johnny Crew

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