This is not a lengthy documentary, but regardless, Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth is a rich and, at times, hectic, experience. It is only 37 minutes long, but manages to – via dozens of different women – fill every minute with as much information and opinions as physically possible.
As the film alternates between the women so frequently and fast, there is little time to reflect on each statement. At times, the women are only able to utter a sentence at a time. This could perhaps be viewed as a mirror on a diverse and anti-hierarchical movement? Film maker Jill Caputi has gathered feminist voices from around the world, of all shapes, colours and beliefs. One of these is Vandana Shifa, who some years back visited Oslo and ØKOUKA, then known as ØKOSLO – and filled the hall at the Litteraturhuset. Among the others is the American author and activist Starhawk (Miriam Simos), Professor Jill Schneiderman, the eco-sexual activists Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stevens, and the queer Brazilian grassroots activist La Loba Loca, to name but a few. Together they explore themes linked with suppression and exploitation of women, minorities and Mother Earth – a concept suitably problematized further into the documentary – all the while various excerpts from history, advertising and popular culture underpin the argument that shows the connection between the Western idea of conquering, patriarchal suppression of women (and minorities) and capitalism’s massive exploitation and eradication of nature.
Green feminism. Diversity is as always both a strength and a weakness. I am unable reflect on all these voices in the same genuine manner. To view Earth as a lover is to me showy and fake, so I struggle personally to take the concept of «eco-sexuality» seriously. But there is simultaneously a varying degree of «outrageous» voices, so on the whole the film has a balanced feel to it. It I also liberating to watch a documentary solely with (global) female voices, and where every view is treated as equal.
How many ad campaigns are there where the woman dominates, or is exotified as something mystic, sensual or primitive?
Together they provide a wide and good introduction to green feminism. In certain ways, this is a mere renaming of eco-feminism; a feminist direction whereby patriarchal violence and female domination is viewed alongside environmental degradation and capitalistic exploitation of the earth, animals and humanity. In Feed the Green, this concept is exchanged for green feminism. Green because it is the colour of the life cycle – from springtime sprouts to the rotten mould – and because it is the colour of the ecological movement. This green feminism is presented as diverse, critical of society, spiritual and activist. It ranges from the earthy and practical to the spiritual and sensual – but is unified in the basic view that the feminine and the natural are subjected to genocide. Or rather; «femicide» and «ecocide», respectively.
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