Item Details

Ricejacking [electronic resource]

ARTE France
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
At a time when the world food balance is once again under threat, this film sheds light on what will be the subject of future commercial wars: the control of agricultural resources. Rice feeds one in every two human beings on a daily basis, and as such is key to worldwide food security. The precious crop has the power to guarantee political stability or to topple governments. In spring 2008, the inhabitants of Port au Prince in Haiti cried famine. In Cairo and Dakar, crowds took to the streets. In Manila, shantytowns were on the brink of revolt. Everywhere, the cause was the same--the price of rice had exploded. Why was the market affected so adversely? With its detailed inquiry into producers and exporters in Thailand, into international traders in Geneva, and into importers in Dakar, Bamako and Manila, Ricejacking reveals the mechanisms that led to the 2008 crisis-corruption at the very highest level, abusive monopolies, and speculation, which forced Africa to pay very high prices for Asian rice.
Release Date
2009
Run Time
53 min.
Language
English
Rating
10-12
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on April 23, 2014.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Contents
  • Introduction: Ricejacking (1:54)
  • Price Increases Impact Africa (1:36)
  • Africa Urged to Import (1:45)
  • Thailand's Modernized Rice Industry (2:15)
  • Speculation and Market Price Fixing (2:17)
  • Independent Importer Mustapha Tall (1:39)
  • International Rice Traders (2:37)
  • Three Major Players (0:24)
  • Rice Crisis Begins (1:40)
  • Rice Needs of Philippines (2:02)
  • Global Market Panic (1:34)
  • Secretive Aspect of Rice Trade (1:41)
  • Negotiators Gain High Commissions (2:12)
  • Government Corruption (2:27)
  • Thailand Refuses to Sell Stockpile (1:27)
  • African Government Intervenes (1:33)
  • Passing Blame for the Rice Shortage (1:26)
  • FAO Summit (0:52)
  • Grand Agricultural Offensive for Food and Abundance (0:58)
  • Lack of Distribution Network (3:31)
  • Business as Usual for Thai Exporters (1:02)
  • Mali Becomes Self-Sufficient (2:02)
  • New Drought Resistant Rice (2:03)
  • Mali Continues Importing Rice (1:52)
  • Africans Avoid Water (1:08)
  • Libyan Land Lease (2:38)
  • Secret Mali Land Deals (2:24)
  • Preserving Rice for Future Generations. (1:56)
  • Credits: Ricejacking (1:00)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2014], c2009.
Publisher no.
54992 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (53 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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