TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host its second annual virtual Food Justice Film Festival Sept. 16-19 featuring the award-winning documentaries Truly Texas Mexican, The Ants & The Grasshopper, The Harvest/La Cosecha and Seed: The Untold Story. Each film tells underrepresented cultural stories about food, the environment and social equity. The film festival is free and open to the public.
“The stories told in these films are vital to understanding how food is rooted in diverse traditions, knowledge and experiences,” said Jennifer Molidor, senior food campaigner at the Center. “Viewers will walk away inspired to fight for a food system that’s healthy for workers, families and the planet.”
What: Food Justice Film Festival
When: Sept. 16 to Sept. 19. Space is limited, and films can be viewed only by signing up for a free festival pass in advance.
Who: In addition to the films, the festival also features panel discussions with filmmakers, farmworkers and activists sharing their perspectives on cultural traditions, cooking, food harvesting, seed saving and the climate crisis.
Food Justice Film Festival Schedule and Panel Lineup:
Truly Texas Mexican — Sept. 16. 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. The film is based on the award-winning cookbook, Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes. The panel speaker is filmmaker and chef Adán Medrano.
The Ants & The Grasshopper — Sept. 17. Anita Chitaya has a gift. She can help bring abundant food from dead soil, make men fight for gender equality, and 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. Panel speakers include filmmaker and author Raj Patel and Malawi activists Anita Chitaya and Esther Lupafya.
The Harvest/La Cosecha — Sept. 18. Every year, more than 400,000 American children are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we eat. This documentary is the story of the youth who feed America, profiling 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. The panel speaker is former child laborer and migrant farmworker Zulema Lopez.
Seed: The Untold Story — Sept. 19. Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the past century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our remaining seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers and Indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.
For more information, trailers, interviews, and other recommended films, visit FoodJusticeFilmFestival.com.