Nailed to the Bottom

Is the pressure on the EU’s borders caused by the Union’s own agricultural policies? Nailed to the Bottom provides a complete picture of the remarkably efficient system which helps protect European farmers against competition from developing countries.

Nailed to the Bottom

Nailed to the Bottom

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Thousands of miles from Brussels, Fernandez Chaves drives his small herd of cows into the stables. Most of us probably think that this poor farmer from a remote province of the Dominican Republic can keep his three cows without a single thought as to what Europeans do in order to secure their own farmers.

But Fernandez is all too familiar with the round tins of powdered milk from Europe. They have taken over the shelves at the local general store and forced his farm onto its knees. He has even nicknamed the tins– Vaca Conquistadora–“the cow that conquers”. EU subsidies mean that powdered milk is sold so cheaply that 20,000 farmers have been forced from their farms in one of the poorest countries in Central America.

This documentary has one crucial aim: to make viewers understand how the Europeans have intentionally or unintentionally become an extremely dangerous antagonist for people who are trying to keep starvation at bay and survive. We see them at the borders of Europe, climbing fences and walls. Thousands and thousands of young people that might have been farmers cultivating their land are now seeking a livelihood and survival in Europe.

Director & Producer Poul-Erik Heilbuth
Produced by DR
Duration 58 min.
Year of Production 2004
Original Title Den Dyre Støtte
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