There has been 16 years since the release of "ilha das flores" short film by brazilian director Jorge Furtado, in 1989.
The site IMDB has a lot of good reviews about it. See Here
Most of all tells that the film is a profound critic towards capitalism. It tells the story of a tomato that become pig-food before be used as meal for human beings.
But the reality was worse than that.
Here is the commentary that I added to IMDB site. Hope they publish it:
"I believe that Michael Moore had learned a lot with this film, but not
the essential. This documentary is not a documentary, really. It's a
dirty trick to charge capitalism for doing what its director wanted.
Its author, Jorge Furtado is a long time marxist-leninist addicted. 1989 was the year of the first presidential election in Brazil after the
military regime.It was the first time that Lula da Silva was running
for president as Worker's Party candidate. He tried more two times
before win in 2002. And Furtado's finger helped Lula and Worker's party during all this time.
The first schocking true about this film is that the reality supposedly
portrayed in it is totally fake.
In 2004, march, due to 15th anniversary of the film, Brazilian
newspaper "Zero Hora" interviewed the people who participated in the film.
They were show sharing spoiled-food with pigs. Or better: that the food that was rejected by pigs were used to feed humans beings.
The message was clear: capitalism turns people into a kind o animals, lower than pigs.
Reality: Furtado payed hot-dogs and cokes to people to fake it while
he was shooting. He told them that they all would become famous with the film. People told to "Zero Hora" that the filming was like a party to them. Furtado promised to return to show the film. Never came back.
They only saw the film years later, and became very angry about it.
They became subject of other people's satire.
During these long fifteen years, this film has gained a lot of awards
It proves that a lie could be profiting. And it has nothing to do with
capitalism. It's just a show of cheap greed - by the author.
Link to Zero Hora http://zerohora.com.br"