One Day in the Life of a Rice Farmer

One Day in the Life of a Rice Farmer

2012, Society  -   11 Comments
Ratings: 8.85/10 from 80 users.

For many, a bowl of rice is a simple trip to the supermarket. Rarely do we think about the production of our food.

The documentary shows a typical day in the life of a rice farmer and the laborious process of rice farming.

You can see how well-connected the whole system is and the number of parties involved in farming rice.

The way in which the farmer gently treats his animals illustrates the importance of every single life and how it is part of a greater system.

From cultivation to sale the visuals give you a sense of the strenuous, manual and monotonous work in the rice paddies. Every action has an intention - the self-grown rice is used to feed the fishes, which will be caught and cooked for dinner.

Every step and actor in the process is part of an efficient, self-sustaining system. The simplicity of the video appeals to your senses and gives the viewer a real understanding of these conditions.

You are transported into another world by listening to the original sounds. Commentary or music are not necessary to complete the documentary. This is not only a video, it's an experience!

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11 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Bo biggums

    Awesome with no narration, and the rice farmer was a good owner for the pets too

  2. Alex

    Nice and short. Reminds me of the Israeli settlers; happily working hard on their carrot farms.
    The spilt blood to own that land when the farmer was a child...long forgotten.

  3. Alain

    I love the fact that there is no narration at all. It makes that much more immersive. Great editing too.

  4. lpen7

    I'd have LOVED even a little narration! I had several questions throughout. The land is beautiful.

  5. Ger

    I wonder what he's pushing around with that tool between the rows of rice. Maybe he's evening out the rows.

    1. equidae

      Actually he's weeding I believe. I'm not familiar with the particular tool he's using, but I've used a wheeled hoe in exactly the same way between rows. Not that it doesn't help to better define the rows, but that's really a nice bonus to it and not the point.

    2. jj

      no weeding, the water gets layered on top of the mud 5-10cm as the mud sinks or as they irrigate it, so they use the ''puddler'' hoe to mix the mud and water back together in to liquid mud

  6. Stevie Beey

    Rice gentlemen...rice

  7. Gina Correa

    I loved the sounds of nature and the beautiful landscape. The way all the animals were cared for was kind, gentle, and loving. I never knew how laborious it was to grow rice. It makes me appreciate rice much more thanks to the hardworking people.

  8. WiseGapist

    Interesting. I would have liked a little narration to explain some of the processes and exactly what was being done, but the nice, simple feel to the doc seemed to suit the subject. Respect to the rice farmers.

    1. nmimoke

      Agreed. Even just text on the screen would have been nice to explain the processes. That way they could still maintain the integrity of the natural sounds. Still a pretty cool idea though.