Last year, the Center for Biological Diversity's Population and Sustainability Program held the Second Annual Food Justice Film Festival. Scroll down to watch the speaker panel interviews from last year to learn more about the films we featured, the organizers who tirelessly work towards a more just food system and why we created this Film Fest and why it's so important to the work we do at the Center.
Adán Medrano, Executive Producer, Writer & Author
Christine Ortega, President & CEO of Piquin Properties
The Native American roots of Texas Mexican food serve up tacos, feminism and cultural resistance. Over time and during conquest, Texas Mexican food sustained Native American memory and identity. Cooking foods like nopalitos, deer, mesquite and tortillas, indigenous women led the cultural resistance against colonization. Based on the award-winning history and cookbooks, “Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes.”
Raj Patel, Filmmaker, Co-director & Author
Anita Chitaya, Narrator & Writer, Farm Owner and Co-founder of Soils, Food & Healthy Communities (SFHC)
Esther Lupafya, Doctor and Co-founder of Soils, Food & Healthy Communities (SFHC)
Dr. Rachel Bezner Kerr, Researcher for Soils, Food & Healthy Communities (SFHC)
Anita Chitaya has a gift; she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, she can make men fight for gender equality, and she can end child hunger in her village. Now, to save her home from extreme weather, she faces her greatest challenge: persuading Americans that climate change is real. It will take all her skill and experience to help Americans recognize, and free themselves from, a logic that is already destroying the Earth.
Every year, more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA is "the story of the children who feed America" and profiles three children as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida’s tomato fields to follow the harvest.
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting 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.
A Welcome message from the Center for Biological Diversity's Senior Food Campaigner, Jennifer Molidor
Sanjay Rawal (Director)
Twila Cassadore (San Carlos Apache Tribal Activist)
Samuel Gensaw, III (Director of the Ancestral Guard)
Jasmine Leyva (Director)
lauren Ornelas (Founder & Director, Food Empowerment Project)
Kat Lopez (Veggie Mijas, Activistas de la Tierra)
Dolores Huerta (Legendary Activist)
Nezahualcoyotl Xiuhtecutli (Farmworker Association of Florida)
Alfonso Chavez (Food Justice Advocate)
Jacqui Patterson (NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program)
JoVonna Johnson-Cooke (Maitu Foods)
Eugene Cooke (Grow Where You Are)
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