The award-winning feature-length documentary “Ciclovida: Lifecycle” pedals alongside a group of small farmers from Brazil who bicycle more than 6,000 miles across the South American continent.
They use the year of travel to exchange natural seeds, songs, and ideas about new ways of relating to the land. Moving stories from landless peasants, indigenous communities, and small farmers inform the travelers and viewers understanding of the struggle to survive in the face of global agribusiness incursion and the takeover of mono-crops for making biofuel.
With practically no money and no support crew, the protagonists rely entirely on their resourcefulness and the solidarity of people they meet along the way. They carry with them only the simplest of necessities, their radical ideas and philosophy, collected heirloom seeds, and a video camera.
The main characters, Inacio and Ivania, identify as farmers, poets, musicians, and activists for ecological and social justice. They seek to gather and disseminate thousands of seeds, a wealth of knowledge, and contribute to an invaluable network amongst small agricultural communities of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina, all without the use of oil or biofuels.
This film also explores their role as parents who struggle with the distance, both physical and figurative, from their children, who share their ideals but remain at their home and do not accompany them on the journey. The stirring narrative captivates its audience, while it unflinchingly conveys the disturbing ecological, economic, and social impacts of large agribusiness practices. Trailer. Co-sponsored by Troy Bike Rescue.