Konzéntrika Films - Sintrópica


Jaime Otero, a passionate Galician farmer, and his companions Sérgio and Diogo, embark on an odyssey across the Iberian Peninsula, carrying with them the revolutionary philosophy of syntropic farming. This practice is inspired by the forest to produce food while regenerating ecosystems. Their adventure takes them through regions as diverse as Galicia to the sea of plastics in Almería, confronting us with the severe environmental crisis that conventional agricultural practices are leading us towards. 

The collection and dispersal of seeds becomes the main tool for regeneration and the backbone of this road movie,in which countless people who are also looking for a paradigm shift are immersed in. . 

Full of passion and hope, these three pioneers invite us to relearn and to look at nature with new eyes. Ultimately, they show us that our ability to transform our current reality will require a steady and collective effort.

Technical sheet

Producers: Miguel G. Orive and Eleonore van Wonterghem.
Direction and screenplay: Miguel G. Orive.
Cast: Jaime Otero, Diogo Santos, Sérgio Olaya.
Director of photography: Miguel G. Orive.
Edition: Miguel G. Orive.
Original Soundtrack: Zabala.
Sound edition: Ion Arenas and Xabi Aguirre.

The journey

Sintrópica sprouts in the summer of 2022 when we meet Jaime Otero and his practice of syntropic farming during a trip through Galicia. We are captivated from the very beginning by his discourse and his way of acting, which questions the way we usually relate to agriculture and nature. Inspired by this way of connecting with the land, we do not hesitate to join him on his journey through the Iberian Peninsula.

We recognize that cooperation is key to success. Inspired by nature, we opt for a crowdfunding campaign to support our project, imitating the interdependence of ecosystems. Sintrópica goes beyond being a simple documentary: it is a call to action to transform our relationship with nature and agriculture. We want to promote practices that respect the land and spread a message of hope, reminding us of our responsibility in caring for the world. Every action, word, and gesture counts towards a more sustainable future and a deeper environmental awareness. It is crucial that we assume our role in the regeneration of ecosystems.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We help you clarify some of the most common doubts about syntropic farming.

Syntropic farming is a way of growing food inspired by how a forest functions. Instead of focusing on what humans need from the land, this method suggests that we think about how all living beings depend on each other and how we can work together. By observing and learning how plants, animals, and microorganisms interact in a forest, we can mimic those interactions and create cultivation systems that are beneficial to the entire ecosystem. The idea is to replicate the way the forest organizes itself, allowing each part of the system to contribute something valuable and maintain a natural balance.

It is based on key principles such as plant diversity, vertical stratification, biomass accumulation, soil cover, crop rotation, plant succession, nutrient cycling, observation and adaptation, as well as efficient water use.

In terms of climate change, this approach functions as a carbon sink, storing carbon in biomass and soil. Additionally, it reduces the need for agrochemicals and tillage, mitigating CO2 emissions and improving crop resilience to extreme weather events.

Syntropy is the tendency of a system to evolve towards states of greater order, harmony, and organization, similar to how puzzle pieces come together to form a complete and coherent picture.

Let’s think about this in a simple way. What happens when you see a plant grow and bear fruit? The plant has specialized systems (for photosynthesis, reproduction, seed dispersal, etc.) that work together so that the whole plant is healthy and can continue to grow. Syntropy is the equivalent of saying that everything in the plant is designed to help and improve itself. Its entire being is coordinated to sustain life and facilitate the continuity of the species.

Certainly! Syntropic farming, influenced by natural efficiency, is versatile and adapts to a variety of environments and climates, considering the particularities of each location. Its success lies in several crucial aspects:

  • Meticulous observation: It is essential to understand the dynamics of each ecosystem, including the climate, which dictates what flora and fauna can thrive, as well as soil conditions and water management.
  • Practical implementation: Acting in harmony with nature is required, favoring joint processes rather than combating them.
  • Patience and determination: Development times vary depending on climate, soil type, precipitation… so it is essential to adjust expectations to each ecosystem.

The key to success lies in the ability to integrate and replicate the complexities of natural ecosystems in agroforestry management, using observation and adaptation as primary tools.

Although based on ancestral and traditional principles of many cultures, syntropic farming was formalized and promoted by Ernst Götsch, a Swiss farmer who has worked for decades on his farm in Southern Bahia, Brazil.

Götsch combined agroecological principles with techniques inspired by tropical forests, creating an innovative and regenerative agricultural system that mimics the structure and function of natural ecosystems. On his farm, Götsch implemented practices such as cultivating multiple layers of vegetation and using soil management techniques to regenerate degraded land.

His pioneering work has been instrumental in the development and dissemination of syntropic farming as a sustainable and promising practice in modern agriculture.

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