Meals Ready

The Business of Rice, the Question of Food
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English (subtitled), 46 min, 1996, India

In the era of free markets the common assumption is that markets work with equal benefits to all. Yet the ground reality shows that markets are deeply embedded in the societies they function within. 'Meals Ready' examines the market of South India's most important food grain: Rice. In the town of Walajabad, Tamil Nadu the unequal bargaining power of the growers, financiers and buyers of rice is directly linked to hierarchies of power prevailing across rural Tamil society. Be they the hierarchies of caste and gender, or politics and religion. By ignoring these links, market-led economic reform in the India threatens to deepen these inequalities and therefore the very existence of the symbol of the Indian countryside: the small farmer.

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Creative Crew
Hemant Chaturvedi
Madan S. Rajan, Yousuf Saeed
Brhaddhvani, Karaikudi Subramanian, Radha Akka
Awards and Screenings:

Second Prize for Best Documentary at Film South Asia 1997

One Billion Eyes Film Festival Chennai, 2007
Quotes of the Earth, New Delhi, 2004
The Roshd International Film & Video Festival, Teheran, 2000
The International Short Film Festival, Dacca
The Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), 1998
Ecofilm, Lille, France, 1998
13th North-South Media Encounters, Geneva, 1997