Access to healthy and sustainable food is an environmental issue — and so is the wellbeing of the hands and the lands producing it. Food justice is an indisputable part of a healthy planet and essential to efforts to protect wildlife and wild places. That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity is thrilled to offer our fourth annual virtual Food Justice Film Festival, a curated selection of award-winning feature films that explore the connections between food justice and sustainability.
Please join us from Sept. 14 to Sept. 17 to watch four feature films and accompanying interviews with organizers, farmworkers and activists for free online. Our Food Justice Film Festival website includes a list of other food justice-related films to watch (besides those in the festival), information on how to get more involved in the movement, and cool stuff from our previous festivals — including interviews with filmmakers, actors, farmers, farmworkers, and even legendary activists like Dolores Huerta.
About the Films
Food Chains — This film reveals the human suffering in agriculture and the complicity of large produce buyers, like fast food restaurants and supermarkets, in causing it. The documentary follows the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story of fighting for a dignified life for farmworkers and a more humane, transparent food system is one of hope, promise, and the triumph of morality over corporate greed.
El Susto — Coca-Cola and other sugary drink companies are causing a public health crisis in Mexico — where sugary sodas are more accessible than clean drinking water and type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of death — and the government is ill equipped to handle it. El Susto charts Big Soda’s insidious infiltration into Mexican society as courageous public health advocates, medical professionals, and community members fight for the wellbeing of a nation.
Migrant Dreams — Migrant Dreams exposes the underbelly of the Canadian government labor program, which has built a system designed to favor brokers and growers by exploiting, dehumanizing, and deceiving migrant workers with almost no access to information in their own language.
Seeding Change — Twenty years ago, a young group of social entrepreneurs joined a movement to change the world through the practice of conscious commerce — an alternative economic model that considers the social, environmental, and financial issues involved in producing what people buy. This film strives to empower viewers to be a part of the solution by supporting brands and products that align with their values.
Watch the Films
• Get instructions on how to sign up.
• Register to get your free entry.
• Watch the films between Sept. 14 and Sept. 17.
Watch the Interviews
In addition to the films, the Food Justice Film Festival includes interviews with Sonia Singh (codirector of the Food Chain Workers Alliance) and Amelia Ceja (president and CEO of Ceja Vineyards, featured in the film Food Chains).
The interviews are free to watch and available during and after the festival.
The Center is the only major environmental group to host a film festival that brings food-focused stories into homes across the United States and beyond. You can learn more about our work to support the food justice movement (and how you can too) at our Take Extinction Off Your Plate website.
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