The Milk System

There’s one thing milk stands for — health. It’s seen as natural, nutrient-rich and comes from happy cows in green meadows. Today however, milk is big business and a highly sought-after commodity that is subject to aggressive trading. In Europe…

The Milk System

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There’s one thing milk stands for — health. It’s seen as natural, nutrient-rich and comes from happy cows in green meadows. Today however, milk is big business and a highly sought-after commodity that is subject to aggressive trading. In Europe alone, 2 billion tonnes of milk and milk powder are produced annually and sold worldwide. How did cows become suppliers for the high-tech milk industry? What alternatives are there? Who are the people behind it? How does milk consumption affect our health? This film goes behind-the-scenes and allows the players to have their say.  A fascinating journey throughout the world of milk that takes us across Europe, America, Asia and Africa to meet farmers, dairy owners, politicians, lobbyists, NGOs, scientists in order to investigate the far-reaching consequences that the big business of milk has – on the animals, environment and on us humans.

Director’s Bio

Andreas Pichler was born in Bolzano/Italy in 1967. After gaining a degree at the TV and Film School Zelig in Bozen he studied Film and Culture at the University of Bologna and Philosophy at the Open University in Berlin. Profes- sionally Andreas Pichler has chosen the field of TV- and cinema-documentaries. Many of his works, where he acted as author, director and/or producer, have been coproduced by different European TV-channels such as ZDF, ARTE, ARD, RAI, ORF, YLE and where presented internationally. Today Andreas Pichler works as a director and producer in Italy, Germany and Austria.

Festivals/Awards

– “Horizonte” Award, Fünf Seen Film Festival
– CPH: DOX

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