El Ejido, The Law of Profit| 1hr : 20mins
Director: jawag Rhalib | Producer: Yves Legreve
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: Belgium
Today, the formerly-deserted region of Almeria in southern Spain produces one third of Europeâ€™s winter consumption of fruits and vegetables and reaps two thirds of the countryâ€™s farm profits. This â€˜economic miracleâ€™ in a greenhouse relies on the labor of nearly 80,000 immigrants, half of whom do not have proper working papers. In a destroyed environment where the air is vitiated by pesticides and ground water is running out, the village of El Ejido illustrates, almost to the point of caricature, this industrial exploitation of men and the land encouraged by globalization. Driss, Moussaid, and Djibril are day laborers there, working for a pittance and, as is the case with most of their peers, without a working contract. They stay in chabolas, small constructions made of cardboard and plastic, without water or electricity. Near slavery that fills our plates...