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Hope in a Changing Climate
In the midst of the chaos of Rio de Janeiro, a group of people is fighting back against the environmental degradation caused by big agrobusiness. Igor has devoted his life to urban farming, and is proving that there is a sustainable way to feed a growing planet.
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Director: Emily McDowell
Producer: Mark Harvey

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Segment 1

WOMAN 1
Put one hand like this and make the other rigid.
IGOR
Rigid?
WOMAN 1
And grab with this, like this.
IGOR
Like this? Like this? She’s a very good teacher!
WOMAN 1
More or less.
IGOR
I am kidding.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
IGOR
Here is chaos. It is a crazy city to live in. A lot of cars, a lot of people, a lot of bad things happen. We have big social inequality. One of the only things I like in the city is the capoeira.
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Igor
IGOR
And urban farming. Urban farmers are people that live in the cities and grow food in their homes, in church, wherever they can. This land used to be a factory. Maybe people think that it’s a garbage dump, but it’s not. Almost all the terrains in the city are destroyed, so we have to restore their life.
IGOR
I’m better at food gardens.
IGOR
When I first heard about this from the university, I thought, "Food gardens! Great idea! Why not? Let’s do it!" In the cities, people sell their work. And with this money they buy poisonous food planted with the destruction of nature. We don’t have to live like this.
IGOR
Who is going to help me water the plant?
BOY 1
Me! Me! Me!
IGOR
So get the watering can. Today was a really good day. Now we only need a little more plants from other urban farmers to put here. Our relationship with these farmers is not an economical relationship. It is a mutual aid relationship.
IGOR
We have to cut all this grass. It’s going to be a little hard, because of the sun. This grass is too thick. I think we are not going to finish today. When we need seeds to plant in other places, we can come here and pick up some for free. It’s very nice to have them as a friend. It’s sweet. They’re tired. This is the rural university. I’m trying to graduate. Always busy.
IGOR
Food is the basis of everything. What is happening in Brazil -- all the food that comes from the big owners of land goes outside of the country. The big farmers cut down the trees in the rainforest and then they plant soy to feed the European cows. And I think it’s very bad. Our planet needs this rainforest. I was born in the city. And I didn’t know the powerful things I know now. We have to go after this knowledge.
IGOR
Mr. Ze Ferreira was a normal farmer. But then he started to look differently at nature. He’s trying to show the people there is another possibility of agriculture. In agroecology we have a lot of different plants renewing the land and the soil and the nature, and we have family farmers helping each other. Everything we do, we learned with the family farmers. I love Mr. Ze Ferreira -- he is my real teacher. Before I used to watch television, play video games, and go to the mall. Now I do food gardens. It would be very nice to stay in the countryside. But there is still a lot of work to do in the cities.
MAN 1
You are infantile. You are childish.
IGOR
The capoeira players and the family farmers are survivors. They are fighting for their survival. I think I am going to stay in Rio, because this city needs a lot of food gardens. We still have a lot of work to do.
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