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The Dispossessed

A documentary by Mathieu Roy



This visual essay documents the daily struggle of the world rural class and the cycle of debt, dispossession and despair to which they are forced by an out-of-control economic system that produces food and hunger at the same time.

Presentation by Aitor Urkiola (GRAIN staff) and projection, 6.30 p.m.

The Dispossessed, Mathieu Roy, 2017, 180 min, Canada, Switzerland, Catalan subtitles

The Dispossessed is an impressionist journey shot in India, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Switzerland, Brazil and Canada. The film sheds light on the daily struggle of the world's hungry rural class. In an era of industrialized agriculture, people who produce food across the globe earn less than almost any other worker. Mixing cinéma-vérité and essay, the film analyses the mechanisms by which farmers fall into a grim cycle of despair, debt and dispossession.

Bio Director

Mathieu Roy is a Montreal-based filmmaker whose career path has steered him into the worlds of cinema, theatre, opera, TV and classical music. In the process, Mathieu has travelled the world and collaborated with some of the world’s most prominent artists, including legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. His first feature documentary, François Girard en trois actes, was awarded the 2005 prix Gémeaux for best cultural documentary. In 2006, he directed La peau de léopard, a documentary featuring journalist Pierre Nadeau on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In April 2009, at the opening of the 27th International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), Mathieu presented Mort à Venise, a musical journey with Louis Lortie. The film won the Prix du public ARTV. Mathieu’s latest documentary, Ecclestone’s Formula, is the first project to tell the story of Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Mathieu’s current film projects include his first fiction feature, a family drama and a multimedia project about Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation. Entitled Toutes les mémoires du monde, the film will feature Scorsese himself as well as Walter Salles, Abbas Kiarostami, Wim Wenders, Bertrand Tavernier, Fatih Akin, Wong Kar Wai and many others.



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