The Dispossessed

DOC | 01:18 / 03:03 | CANADA-SWITZERLAND

An impressionist journey that sheds light on the daily strife of the world’s hungry farming class. In this era of industrialized agriculture, across the globe, people who produce food are paid less than almost any other profession. Part cinema-vérité, part essay, our film examines the mechanisms by which farmers are falling into a somber cycle of despair, debt and dispossession.

Bio | Filmography


Mathieu Roy, Director

Mathieu Roy is a Montreal-based filmmaker, working in both documentary and fiction. In 2003, after acquiring his degree in Political Science and graduating from two film schools, the Montreal’s National Film Institute (INIS) and the New York Film Academy (NYFA), Mathieu was hired as Martin Scorsese’s personal assistant for the filming of The Aviator. He received international prizes for his documentaries. Involved filmmaker, he’s following the tradition of « truth cinema ». By addressing heavy and contemporary issues, he transports the viewer into a universe of disturbing truths.


Another House, fiction, 2013
Surviving Progress, documentary, 2011
Death in Venice, documentary, 2009
La peau de léopard, documentary, 2006
François Girard’s three-act journey, documentary, 2005

Richard Brouillette, screenwriter

Richard Brouillette was born in Montreal in 1970. In 1989, he began working as a film critic for the Montreal weekly newspaper “Voir”. In 1995, he directed his first documentary feature “Too much is enough”. His second feature “Encirclement: Neo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy” won numerous international prizes including the Robert and Frances Flaherty Grand Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the 2009 Visions du Réel film festival. He has also produced six features including five documentaries and works as a programmer in the multidisciplinary exhibition space Casa Obscura that he founded with other artists in 1993 .

Benoit Aquin, co-screenwriter

Benoît Aquin was born in 1963 in Montreal, where he currently lives and works. In 1987 , he graduated from the New England School of Photography in Boston. As a photographer, he has earned an international reputation for his artful and moving essays on global humanitarian and ecological issues such as, for example, “The Dew of Death” (2004), which documents the dire consequences of Nemagon pesticide on Nicaraguan fruit farmers. In 2008, Benoit Aquin was awarded the Prix Pictet International for his work on the Chinese dust bowl, Far East, Far West, which was subsequently published as a book (Le passage, 2009). His photographs frequently appear in national and international newspapers and magazines and have been exposed in galleries in Canada and Europe. His work is currently being exhibited by Polaris Images (New York) and Galerie Pangée (Montreal).


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Theater release

Deutschschweiz | 27.09.2018
Suisse Romande | TBA
Svizzera Italiana | TBA


2017: Jihlava Festival International du Film Documentaire (Czech Republic)
2017: RIDM – Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (Canada)
2018: Solothurner Filmtage (Switzerland)


Let Me Go hits theaters in French-speaking Switzerland

• From October 25 in theaters

Flores del otro Patio is a candidate for the EFA

• Eligible for the European Film Awards (Best Short)

Let Me Go's World Premiere in Cannes

• Selection in Cannes' ACID

Flores del otro Patio & As Sacrificadas selected in Solothurn

• Panorama Section & Eligible for the Swiss Film Award

Flores del otro Patio awarded in Winterthur

• Best Swiss Short

Chute (Strangers) awarded in Locarno

• Pardino d'Oro | Pardi di Domani


• is selected for the Alliance 4 Development program of the Locarno Festival 2021

Menschenskind ! (Our Child)

• Official Selection at Visions du Réel & DOK.fest Munich


• Selection to the Torino Script Lab 2020


• Selections to the Coproduction Village of Les Arcs 2019 & Atelier Grand Nord 2020

Putin's Witnesses

• Nomination to the European Film Awards

Silent Storm awarded in Locarno

• Pardino d'Argento | Pardi di Domani

The Jarariju Sisters awarded at the Berlinale

• Special Mention of the International Jury

Putin's Witnesses

• Official Selection at TIFF 2018
• Grand Prix for Best Documentary at Karlovy Vary IFF

Dressed for Pleasure awarded at the Berlinale

• Special Mention of the Youth Jury