World Broadcast Premiere
June 28, 2020
Cutting the cheese means more than simply causing climate change in Albert Nerenberg (Stupidity, Escape to Canada, Let’s All Hate Toronto, Laughology) andNik Sheehan‘s (No Sad Songs) documentary Who Farted? These two directors get to the meat of why it’s important to understand what this complex compound of chemicals (which includes methane and sulphur) can do to the environment and what its role is in entertainment and also in saving the planet. Yes, it’s possible to destroy the world because of a bunch of creatures big and small passing gas.
The absurd is hilariously examined and the highlight is with the World Fart Championships held in Utajärvi, Finland to which Nerenberg was invited to participate–or not. Dare he get personal?
The societal impact is perhaps the most important. It’s easy to hold it in when you know a fart is ready to erupt. Just how a person politely excuses themselves varies, and I found segment perhaps the most engaging since people of all ages and cultural identities are asked this question. Their varied responses are very telling. Plus, no corner is unturned and even Satan plays a role in this discourse. Saying too much is a spoiler.
Without the flora around the Earth to process the gas–a point not heavily examined in this documentary–I’m sure it’s easy to assume the planet Earth is less likely to become another Venus and more like Uranus in due time. It’s not always that bed of roses we smell in the end.