Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Two hard-hitting documentary films — one that uncovers the dark story of corporatisation of food production in South America, and another warning about the impending environmental crisis looming over the planet — will be screened in the city on Friday evening, each followed by a discussion.

“Republic of Soya” looks at how “Roundup Ready” soya was introduced by biotech companies in Argentina in 1996, without consultation with the public, and ruining livelihoods and the countryside. Even as a single transnational company threatens to gain patent rights over a country’s entire soya farming industry, the documentary explores the state of the global soya industry.

The documentary will be screened at the Alternative Law Forum, 122/4 Infantry Road at 5.30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film-maker Jamie King.

Soya is an important source of fuel, human food, animal feed and as a raw material in plastics and production. So how does the control of its gene become a powerful means of social and economic control? What is genetic modification (GM) really? These are some of the questions that the film addresses.

“The 11th Hour” by Leonardo DiCaprio looks at a planet in peril. “If Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth was a warning, The 11th Hour is the red alert,” said Toronto Star in a review. The film will be screened at 6.30 p.m. at Smriti-Nandan Cultural Centre Nanda-Deep, 15/3 Palace Road. This will be followed by a discussion on environmental issues mediated by Canadian eco-traveller and environmentalist Kurt Archer. The impact of human actions is fast pushing the earth towards an environmental crisis. The film explores how we have arrived at this last moment – The 11th Hour – because of our lifestyle choices.