ONLINE | SEP. 15-18
Presented by the Center for Biological Diversity
This is a free festival, open to all.
Join us for award-winning films and
interviews with filmmakers and activists.
Poisoning Paradise details the ongoing struggle to advance bold new legislation governing the fate of their island home. Interviews with local residents, scientists, and healthcare professionals reveal the hardships and ecological dangers of intensive and continuous pesticide applications and the environmental injustice thrust upon people living in one of the most sacred, biologically unique and diverse locations on earth.
Set in an agricultural town on the central coast of California, FRUITS OF LABOR is a coming of age story about an American teenager traversing the seen and unseen forces that keep her family trapped in poverty. A lyrical meditation on adolescence, nature and ancestral forces, the film asks, what does it mean to come into one’s power as a working young woman of color in the wealthiest nation in the world?
Featuring charismatic Roxanne Swentzell from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico whose efforts to reclaim ancient foodways are echoed across the continent by Tlingit, Muckleshoot, Oglala Sioux, Menominee, and Seneca women. At its heart this film is about empowering people to overcome their current circumstances through eating as their ancestors did - nutritiously and locally. RETURN offers an approach to confronting the diabetes epidemic now rampant in Native American communities.
Ietef Vita (aka DJ CAVEM) is an organic gardener, vegan chef, activist and award-winning Hip Hop artist working with Denver's young people to build healthy eating habits and prevent gang violence through gardening and Hip Hop culture. Through his lyrics and gardens, Ietef is planting the seeds of the food movement extending from his hometown of Denver Colorado to across the globe.
Explore the philosophy and appreciation of cooking and the art and science of growing food. In this standalone episode, we will follow our young agricultural innovator, Kristyn Leach, as she dives deep into the process of growing grains and explores her Korean heritage with other Korean American farmers. Along the way, Kristyn will help us discover the challenges young agriculturalists face.
This film chronicles the injustices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, also known as ‘the last plantation,’ and the lived experiences of Black farmers who chose to fight against discrimination. Nine farmers and families will tell their stories of the USDA’s injustices at the local county level and how the USDA attempted to foreclose on them. These are stories of struggle and resilience, and how they prevailed against all odds.