“Family production guarantees around 75% of the food on the table of Brazilians. The federal government could have social programs to distribute income and encourage organic family farming, thus providing food to the people who need it most”, says Dutch director, photographer, editor and master in film and TV, Hopi Chapman.
Hopi, who lives in Porto Alegre, along with the Rio Grande do Sul filmmaker Karine Emerichare the producers of the film Cordão Verde (29 minutes, 2022, documentary, Full HD), a Brazilian and Dutch co-production.
Premiering this Thursday (7) at 7 pm, followed by a debate with participants, at the Paulo Amorim Room of the Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana, located in the Historic Center of the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, the documentary investigates the importance of organic food production in cities from Porto Alegre and Amsterdam.
The film shows the work of producers, fairs, stores, schools, specialists in the field and consumers in both countries. A production by Flow Filmes, in association with pH7 Filmes, which has the support of the Dutch consulates.
After the premiere, the film will have other screenings in Porto Alegre: on July 14, Thursday, at 7 pm, at Clube de Cultura (Rua Ramiro Barcelos, 1853), and on July 19, Tuesday, at 7:00 pm, at City Hall.
Brasil de Fato RS talked to Hopi about the documentary. Below is the full interview.
Brasil de Fato RS – I would like to start with you telling us how the idea for the documentary came about, what motivated it.
Hopi Chapman – In early 2021, a public notice was issued by the Dutch consulates in Brazil for projects with cultural connections between Brazil and the Netherlands. I have lived in Brazil for 24 years, I was born in Amsterdam and I immediately thought about organic agriculture in these cities. For me, organic farming is culture, it’s a way of life. I used to visit the organic fair in Amsterdam and here in Porto Alegre too, 24 years ago. And I was interested in the importance of green belts in these cities where this is done. The theme was an easy choice.
BdFRS – How was the process? Where was it held, number of interviews done?
Hopi Chapman – In March 2021 we started researching farmers, fairgrounds, consumers and experts in the field who could participate in the film, but because of the pandemic it was difficult to visit them. In November, as people were already vaccinated, it was possible to start visiting several properties in Porto Alegre to get to know the farmers better. And before the harsh winter began in Holland, a crew filmed the daily life of farmer Kasper. Then we also started editing the film.
When Porto Alegre’s hot summer ended, in February/March, we started filming the producers and consumers in Porto Alegre. In April I went to Holland to film more farmers and urban gardening initiatives and specialists. And in May and June we finished the film.
For the film, we conducted around 25 interviews with farmers, fairgrounds, consumers, teachers, students and experts in the food and environmental field. But, as I have been going to agroecological fairs for many years, many conversations with friends who are involved with agroecological production, who are not directly in the film, helped in the choices and paths of the film.
The people interviewed were Mayara Barros Lima, Rafael de Castro Hilário, Clarisse Cavazin, Tulio Machado, Juca – Eliseu Rosa da Silva, Yvonne Bos, Jaap Van Der Boon, Nancy Wiltink, Adriana Dorfman, Ana Livia, Neusa Camargo, Paulo Terniet Brink, Nina Welt, Marion Aerts, Rowie Rensink, Claudia Tellegen, José Ygor Silva Pena, Francisco Milanez, Darci Campani, Juliano Ferreira De Sá and Marc Seijlhouwer.
BdFRS – How important is the production of organic food?
Hopi Chapman – For me the importance is great, because it maintains my health. I always say that I prefer, sometimes, to pay a little more and make my own food so I don’t have to buy medicine later. I think that food without pesticides is all good for my health, and the food tastes much better. With organic production we will have a more sustainable world.
BdFRS – The documentary works with the cities of Porto Alegre and Amsterdam. What are the differences and similarities observed?
Hopi Chapman – I noticed that in Amsterdam there are far fewer organic fairs than in Brazil. But there are many more 100% organic stores. And the offer in supermarkets of organic foods is great. There are also several small, community-based organic garden initiatives in the city. The Dutch think this is very important.
We are very privileged with the organic fairs in Porto Alegre. At the moment, here, there are around ten organic fairs. It is because of the fairs, this direct contact with producers, that the price is lower.
BdFRS – In recent years we have seen hunger return intensely in the country. According to recent data from the 2nd National Survey on Food Insecurity in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic in Brazil, in 2022, 33.1 million people have nothing to eat. In this context, how to guarantee a healthy and organic diet?
Hopi Chapman – Family production guarantees around 75% of the food on the Brazilian table. The federal government could have social programs to distribute income and encourage organic family farming, thus providing food to the people who need it most.
About Hopi Chapman
Dutch director, photographer, editor and master in cinema and TV from the University of Amsterdam, he was a professor at the Union of Professional Journalists of RS (Sindjors) in different classes on the use of Adobe Premiere and After Effects programs.
Green Cord data sheet
Screenplay and Direction: Karine Emerich and Hopi Chapman
Screenplay: Hopi Chapman and Roberta De Pinho Silveira
Cinematography: Dhiney Ramos and Hopi Chapman
Interviews: Karine Emerich (Brazil), Dhiney Ramos and Hopi Chapman (Netherlands)
Drone (Brazil): Eduardo Horlle Cubas
Drone (Holanda): Jordy Ruijter
Direct Sound: Renato Almeida
Editing: Hopi Chapman
Soundtrack: Risomá Cordeiro
Musicians: Jonathan Santos (Cello) and Risomá Cordeiro (Viola Caipira)
Art Director: Cicero da Silva Ferreira
Production: Maryangela Fernandes Ferreira, Jasmijn Chapman and Job Chajes
Additional Images: Jordy Ruijter and Kasper Hoex
Sound Studio: Estúdio Gaia (Rafael Pavão)
Consulting: Maryangela Fernandes Ferreira and Nilson Lopes
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Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
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