Can Danilo Atilano Feed the World?

Can Danilo Atilano Feed the World?

Danilo Atilano leads us onto the moist soil from which his waist-high stalks of rice grow. It is four o’clock in the afternoon. He has selected this time to meet because this is when “the vegetation is wet with dew and comes alive with insects.” In...

A ‘Letter’ From Rice Farmers

Rice farmers from all over the country will converge on Manila next week for a National Rice Summit, and they will ask for new kinds of assistance from the government. Many are shifting from chemical-intensive farming to organic and other sustainable methods, and they...

A Shifting Orthodoxy on Rice

Rice is central to Philippine culture, politics, the economy and most rural communities. We ask a Filipino woman whether it might be good for Filipinos to shift some of their rice consumption to root crops and other sources of nutrition, she politely laughs at our...

Parallel Editing in Burma

Recent and ongoing developments in Burma call for parallel editing—the filmmaking technique of running two scenes concurrently to suggest that they are happening at the same time while ratcheting up suspense. On the one hand, the tough military regime is...