The Price of Progress

  • A Dirty World
  • 1h 20m
  • Documentary Feature
  • UK Premiere
  • 2019

The film and Q&A are available any time from 28 Oct to 7 Nov 2020.

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The Price of Progress is an exploration of money, power and health in the context of the food industry. As the world’s population swells, the film shows the pressures, emotions and motivations of the politicians, journalists, scientists and corporations involved. What is the future of the food we eat?

Víctor Luengo studied Fine Arts before moving to Journalism in 2005. He has worked as a press photo editor in Madrid and as a freelance photographer across South America, Cambodia, Madagascar and Europe. The Price of Progress is his first step into the world of documentary filmmaking.

Film Review: Humankind has always worked to improve farming practices. Never before has there been such a globalised, industrial approach to food production, with large corporations working to advance food science in order to feed a growing population and make a profit. The Price of Progress examines the risks of the EU, with its safe but stringent regulations, falling behind the rest of the world in food production. Should Europe relax its laws to gain higher profits at the risk of growing unsafe crops? The film presents the goals and arguments of corporations, scientists, regulators and ecologists, and explains how these conflict and could be balanced in the future. These interviews form the backbone of the film, with each interviewee stating their case with calm and reasoned arguments. It is clear, though, that everyone involved is frustrated. Interspersed between the interview segments are sequences showing the scale and complexity of modern agriculture. Images of pristine polytunnels stretching to the horizon are beautiful and awe-inspiring and, at the same time, disturbing and dystopian. The future of the food industry is something that should be important to everyone and The Price of Progress raises many of the questions societies will have to answer. Neil Brown

Director

Víctor Luengo

Executive Producer

Victor Luengo

Executive Producer

Pablo de la Chica

Producer

Victor Luengo

Producer

David Torres

Producer

Guillermo Logar

Writer

Victor Luengo

Director of Photography

Víctor Luengo

Sound Designer

Roberto H.G.

Music

Ian Post

Music

Kevin Graham

Music

Kai Engel

Music

James Forest

Music

Night Riders

Music

Luke Moseley

Music

Caleb

Music

Etheridge

Music

Borrtex

Music

Johny Hughes

Music

Ben Windwood

Production Designer

Virginia Díaz

Bonus Content

30 mins
The Price of Progress Q&A

Hosted by Aura Najera with director Victor Luengo.

This Q&A may contain spoilers, we recommend watching the film first.