'Farmageddon'

Kristin Canty's bucolic docu racks up damning anecdotal evidence without substantially altering the discussion.

What with “Food, Inc.,” “Our Daily Bread,” “The Future of Food” and “Forks Over Knives,” to name but a few, films abound about the horrors of industrialized farming and collusions between agribusiness and politicos in the war against biodiversity. Kristin Canty’s bucolic docu “Farmageddon,” taking the universal but narrow perspective of a mother worried about feeding her kids (her son’s health problems were cured by raw milk, a product high on the government’s hit list), racks up damning anecdotal evidence without substantially altering the discussion. Opening July 8, tube-appropriate pic adds its Everywoman warning to the general alarm.

Canty’s maternal vantage often leads her to choose women to tearfully enumerate the indignities of government harassment. A farm wife recounts how black-garbed officials appeared at her home and held her and her children at gunpoint for hours as they ransacked the place. A shepherdess shows pictures of her family with their beloved flock of imported sheep, which the government confiscated and slaughtered, even though test results proved them disease-free. Caught on security cameras, a SWAT team descends on a small food co-op in Los Angeles, guns waving nervously among the vegetables.

Farmageddon

Production

A Kristin Marie Prods. release and production. Produced by Kristin Canty. Co-producer, Paul Dewey. Directed by Kristin Canty.

Crew

Camera (color, HD), Benjamin Eckstein; editor, Cob Carlson; music, Tom Phillips, Tom Martin. Reviewed on DVD, New York, June 29, 2011. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Linda Faillace, Jackie Stowers, Joel Salatin, Steve and Barb Smith, Mark Nolt, Sharon Palmer, Sally Fallon Morell.

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