PARIS, VIRGINIA – October 22, 2015 – In a stunning victory for the cause of property rights and family farms
throughout the United States, the documentary “Farming in Fear,” won both the Excellence in Filmmaking for a Short
Documentary and the Audience Choice Awards at the prestigious Anthem Film
Festival. Now the film is being shown at Universities across the nation.
Directed by Sean Malone of Honest Enterprise, “Farming in Fear” (Color, 28:17) features commentaries by
renowned defenders of property rights, including author/farmer Joel Salatin, John Whitehead of the
Rutherford Institute and Constitutional scholar Mark Fitzgibbons.
Martha Boneta’s dream of becoming a farmer is realized when her family purchases a 64-acre property
on the edge of Virginia’s fabled Shenandoah Valley. But Martha soon enters a Kafkaesque world of phony
documents, trumped-up charges, fabricated Stonewall Jackson historical designations and GESTAPO-style
“inspections” of her property. Her dream becomes a nightmare until she does the one thing her
tormentors never counted on: She fights back. Over time, the elaborate web of deceit spun by the
well-heeled interests coveting her farm is exposed for all to see.
“Facing overwhelming odds in the form of collusion involving a ruthless local government, a rapacious
environmental group, powerful real estate interests, and even the IRS, Martha Boneta stood her ground,”
says Bonner Cohen, senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research and senior policy analyst
with the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT). “The film documents her struggle
against corrupt forces intent on driving her off her land. Her ultimate triumph is inspirational and so is
Boneta said, “I am so grateful the Virginia General Assembly passed bi-partisan legislation providing
additional protections to family farmers and property rights. I am also thankful for the opportunity to
have the film screened at colleges everywhere illustrating that we can overcome over regulation, protect
farmers and jobs. Most of all, it teaches us all to never give up on the American Dream!”
About Martha’s Farm
Paris Barns is a historic working farm in Paris, Virginia offering farm fresh seasonal organic vegetables,
fresh and dried herbs, honey and honey bee products, eggs (chicken, duck, turkey and emu), hand-made
soaps and alpaca, llama and sheep’s wool crafts and more.
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