Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square



Year: 2018
Country: ITALY
Run Time: 65 minutes



What was once a thriving, profitable industry for small, independent hog farmers across the country, has now fallen victim to a corporate takeover. In the 1990s, 90% of hog farms disappeared in the U.S., succumbing to buyouts from American-made Smithfield Foods, whose industrialized factory systems replaced the family farmer. When Smithfield was acquired by WH Group of China, the ripple effects were felt worldwide. SOYALISM starts locally in North Carolina, where acres of lagoons full of hog waste threaten the community's coastal water sources. South of the border, soybean plantations in Brazil replace family farms-and swaths of the Amazon Rainforest-to provide feed for the growing number of livestock. Across the ocean, even Mozambique, whose tropical climate is less-than-ideal for farming soybeans, joins the charge to fuel China's growing consumption of meat products. An eye-opening documentary exposing the shocking global impacts of agribusiness and overpopulation, SOYALISM illustrates the detriment to local residents, communities, and our environment when corporate greed sits at the top of the food chain. (In English, Chinese, and Portuguese with subtitles) -A.B.

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Stefano Liberti, Enrico Parenti

Stefano Liberti is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. He is a contributor to many European magazines, such as Internazionale, Le monde diplomatique, El Pais, Al Jazeera English. He has written several books which have been translated in multiple languages. His book South of Lampedusa was awarded the Indro Montenelli Prize for writing. As a filmmaker, he has directed many movies, both for the television and for the cinema.

Enrico Parenti is an Italian-American filmmaker, who has lived in the UK, Brazil, USA and studied filmmaking in Barcelona. His feature-length documentary "Standing Army" was aired by fifteen televisions including Al Jazeera, Rt-tv, Fox, ZDF and History Channel. His short films have won awards at numerous film festivals. Since 2004 he has made documentaries, short films, music videos and he works regularly with Italian and foreign television.

Container 158 (2013), SOYALISM (2018)

Stefano Liberti, Enrico Parenti

Enrico Parenti

Erika Manoni

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