Enrico Parenti is an Italian-American filmmaker, who has lived in U.K, Brazil, U.S.A and studied filmmaking in Barcelona. His feature-length documentary "Standing Army" was aired by fifteen televisions including Al Jazeera, Rt-tv, Fox, Zdf, History Channel. The film was also released in Japanese movie theaters and is distributed in the U.S through Amazon and Hulu. His short films won numerous film festivals and "Zewdu the street child" is listed on Vimeo’s “Staff-picks”. His documentary “Container 158” was presented at the Rome film festival, was funded by the Open Society foundation and has won two awards for best documentary. His latest documentary “Shakespeare on the rocks” was aired numerous times by SKY Arte TV. He is now working on his project “Street child stories”, a new documentary for Sky Arte and on a feature documentary on food globalization. Since 2004 he makes documentaries, short films, music videos and works regularly with Italian and foreign televisions.
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. In 2008 he wrote the book “A sud di Lampedusa” (“South of Lampedusa”), which was awarded the “Indro Montenelli prize” for writing. In 2011 he wrote the book “Land grabbing. Journeys into the new colonialism”, translated into English, French, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. His latest book on the global food system “Lords of food”, has been released in October 2016. As a filmmaker, he directed many movies, both for the television and for the cinema, such as “The hell of child-wizards”, (2010), “Closed sea” (2012, co-directed with Andrea Segre) on migration through the Mediterranean and “Container 158” (2013, co-directed with Enrico Parenti) on the biggest Roma camp in Europe as well as many features for tv and radio.
The idea of the film starts from a question: what are the consequences of the global industrialized meat production system? Focusing on the supply chain of soybean and pork, the documentary aims to shed light on the exploitations and distortions that trouble the countries targeted by the new giants of food production. What does the future hold for these countries? Will they be able to maintain their food sovereignty, or will they become dominated by imports and sell off their land? These are the questions behind our documentary. We thought that the best way to achieve our goal was to investigate the whole system by correlating distant realities: China, Brazil, Mozambique, the United States. We have shown the thread of this mechanism that advances standardization and strips entire places from their vital resources, such as land and water. Our initial question has the ambition to become a question for the future: when the world's population is set to reach 9 billion by 2050 and more and more people are increasing their meat consumption patterns, hasn't this system altogether become unsustainable? The production of the documentary lasted three years, and the editing and tone was given mixing slow motion cinematography of our journey, interviews and computer graphics all blended with a musical score that enhances the drama of the stories we found around the world.