Beginning in 2014, Douglas Gayeton, Philip Ackerman-Leist, Michael de Rachewiltz and Pier Giorgio Provenzano began capturing the dramatic story of how Mals, a small community in the Italian Alps, became the first town in the world to ban all pesticides.

Among the activists from Mals, Italy, who started the fight against pesticides are professionals, farmers and concerned parents. Their opponent is the lobby of conventional agriculture.

Will David topple Goliath?

Douglas Gayeton is an information architect, filmmaker, photographer and writer. He has created award-winning work at the boundaries of traditional and converging media since the early 90’s.

Douglas Gayeton

Philip Ackerman-Leist is Professor of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems at Green Mountain College. He is the author of A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement

Philip Ackerman-Leist

A native South Tirolean, Michael teaches for several US universities at the Brunnenburg Agricultural Museum & International Study Center, a museum dedicated to South Tirolean agriculture and foodways.

Michael de Rachewiltz

Based near Bristol, England, his projects include a short film series for PBS, music videos for Napster, a feature-length documentary for HBO, several animated shorts for Warner Brothers and Toyota, and GrowEatGather.

Pier Giorgio Provenzano
Editor / Animator

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