Many of us joined a Co-op because we’re passionate about re-envisioning our food system. Lucky for us, not only do we have an amazing health-conscious/eco-conscious community at BriarPatch, but we also live in a town that has one of the best environmental film festivals in the WORLD.
Below we’ve highlighted five feature films playing at this year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Each of these documentaries dive deep into some of the most important food issues of our time.
Click here for the film screening schedule. We hope you can make it out!
Film descriptions from wildandscenicfilmfestival.org:
An Acquired Taste
As the food movement grows across America, a young generation of mindful meat-eaters reject factory farms and turn to hunting for the ultimate protein. Animal lovers, Nick, Alex and Ashlie leave behind their modern lives and embark on a journey that is foreign to their parents – partly to eat dinner, and partly to carve out their identities. (USA, 2016, 70min)
Farm founder Mookie Moss and fellow farmers Dana and Zac work relentlessly, sunrise to sundown in order to sustain the fragile balance needed to support the land and animals they care deeply for. Mookie and his crew strive to continue their lifestyle of sustainability and self-reliance, but their passionate dedication is hindered by strict government laws. (USA, 2016, 75min)
Can You Dig This?
South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. Can You Dig This? follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and plant. (USA, 2015, 85min)
Examining issues brought on by the rise of GMO companies operating in Hawaii, Island Earth follows the lives of a handful of Hawaiians seeking to use the wisdom of the past to make Hawaii a beacon of hope for an uncertain future. (USA, 2016, 61min)
Seed: The Untold Story
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, passionate seed keepers protect our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. (USA, 2016, 94min)