Synopsis by Mark Deming
A singing and dancing peanut offers a crash course in global economics in this educational animated short subject. Mr. Peanut (voice of Jim Conway) is a happy legume from a farm in Georgia, and over the course of eight minutes he explains why life is so much better for him than his cousins, the Groundnuts of Senegal. Senegal, a developing nation, was forced to borrow money to provide support its groundnut farmers, who needed better equipment in order to bring in better crops. Since groundnuts were Senegal's biggest export, it seemed like a wise investment, but when trade liberalization resulted in more nations growing groundnuts and a lower price to farmers in Senegal, the country slid into a massive debt that it is struggling to pay off. The American Peanut, however, is protected by subsidies and trade restrictions that allow peanut farmers in the United States to thrive. So why doesn't this sort of legislation exist around the world? The Luckiest Nut In The World was screened in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was also presented as part of the Media That Matters Film Festival.
consumerism, economics, free-enterprise, global-economy, globalization, hierarchy