Greener Pastures (2023)

Directed by Samuel-Ali Mirpoorian 

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An urgent and intimate look at American farming, told through the stories of farmers living at the intersection of climate change, industrialization & a mental health crisis.

American farmers have seen it all – from the Great Depression to the farming crisis of the 1980s. Through these hardships, farmers have held onto the rugged individuality and strong work ethic that defines them. But now, a dangerous combination of economic uncertainty, isolation, a pandemic, and climate change have led to a mental health crisis that places an essential industry at a dark crossroads, threatening not only the lives and livelihoods of American farmers but our nation’s food supply.

Greener Pastures captures the day-to-day lives of four small, Midwestern, multigenerational family farms over the course of three years. Through an intimate, observational lens we examine the various farm stressors, policies and politics farmers must maneuver to survive, connecting the dots between mental health, industrialization, food production and climate change. It is a story of perseverance, patience and determination that tackles nothing less than the future of farming in America.