La Via Campesina and ZINTV present “The Feast”/”Tong-Tong”, a film produced collectively by Anne-Sophie Guillaume, Thomas Michel and Papis Coly
What is it like to be a young peasant farmer in Senegal at a time when the authorities and the transnationals are grabbing farmland, parceling it out among them, and turning peasants into farm labourers?
This film focuses on the lives of Senegalese farmers who are fighting against powerful legislative and economic forces. From fishing to herding, and from north to south, the pattern is all too familiar. “They ask the young people to stay and work here, but those are just empty words. Where’s the resource base for these people? If you want youth to stay, you have to give them something to work with,” said one young Senegalese fisherman in Dakar.
Internationally, despite the diversity of rural communities, the peasant members of La Via Campesina are proving that these issues are widespread and are offering tools for achieving food sovereignty and peoples’ self-determination.
The film is available to watch from JANUARY 11 @ 8 H 00 MIN – FEBRUARY 11 @ 17 H 00 MIN CET