- The Plate
Farmland the Movie: Hearing from Farmers First-Hand
The movie follows the lives of six young farmers: five men whose families have been raising corn, cattle, chickens, hogs and produce for generations, and one spunky young woman who is the first in her family to attempt to farm. It spends a lot of time with its subjects, intercutting discussions of their own goals and their families’ legacies with the challenges of weather and markets, and is beautifully shot and scored.
A fair number of writers, on film and on sustainability and food production, would tell you not to watch it. As they’ve reviewed it over the past few months, they’ve called it shallow, propagandistic, preachy and light in its examination of issues.
Here’s why I think