FAT COWS, LEAN COWS
NEW YORK PREMIERE
Fat Cows Lean Cows (Israel, 2011; 55 min.)
Director: Meni Elias
A small and simple family farm exists in the shadow of the modern western industrialized world, which seems the total opposite of their own world. For 13 years they have been living a normal, calm and independent life and have done their best to ignore the political and social realities around them.
There is no blood relationship between them, and they come from different religious backgrounds and age groups - three very different people, but yet so similar. Destiny, or maybe their everyday need to make a living, brings them together in a small old barn in Moshav Nir-Israel, at the outskirts of western Negev, where they run a farm that is a micro cosmos of the outside world.
Every morning it seems that their common love of the earth and the animals succeeds in overcoming everything. In their devoted care of the cows, geese, dogs, and fruit trees, the three of them know that the days of the barn are numbered, due to the influences of globalization and the turning of agriculture into “Industrial Agriculture”, where the small and independent farms like theirs will slowly but inevitably disappear.
Showing with: REFLECTIONS, INDIA, US 2011, 28 min.
Directors: David Mekler, Mickey Todiwala