Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, September 12, 2022

Contact:

Jennifer Molidor, (707) 888-9261, JMolidor@biologicaldiversity.org

Virtual Film Festival Highlights Link Between Food Justice, Sovereignty, Sustainability

Food Justice Film Festival Runs Sept. 15 to Sept. 18

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host its third annual virtual Food Justice Film Festival from Sept.15-18, featuring award-winning films and interviews with filmmakers and activists. This year’s featured films are Poisoning Paradise; Fruits of Labor; RETURN: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health and Spirit; From Gangs to Gardens; The Seed Saver; and I’m Just a Layman in Pursuit of Justice: Black Farmers Fight Against the USDA. The film festival is free and open to the public.

“These movies tell powerful stories of grassroots activists fighting against pollution, exploitation and injustice in our food systems,” said Jennifer Molidor, senior food campaigner at the Center. “People who see them will walk away with a deeper understanding of the connection between our food and the wellbeing of the planet.”

What: Food Justice Film Festival

When: Sept. 15 to Sept. 18. Register now for free entry during the festival dates.

Where: FoodJusticeFilmFestival.com

Who: In addition to the films, the festival also features panel discussions with filmmakers and activists, including Shoun Hill and Waymon Hinson (filmmakers of I’m Just a Layman in Pursuit of Justice), and Indigenous activists Jennifer Gauthier and Andrea John Spako (featured in RETURN).

Background

Food Justice Film Festival Schedule and Panel Lineup:

Poisoning Paradise — Sept. 15. Many Native Hawaiian communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered corn, and pesticides are sprayed upwind of their homes, schools, hospitals and shorelines. Poisoning Paradise details the ongoing struggle of Hawaiians fighting to advance bold new legislation governing the fate of their island home.

Fruits of Labor — Sept. 16. This is the story of a Mexican American teenager who works long days in the strawberry fields and the night shift at a food processing factory. Viewers follow along as she navigates the forces that keep her trapped in poverty and threaten to separate her family. Fruits of Labor is a lyrical meditation on agriculture, nature and ancestral forces.

RETURN: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health and Spirit — Sept. 17. Tlingit, Muckleshoot, Oglala Sioux, Menominee and Seneca women are sparking physical and spiritual rejuvenation across the continent by reclaiming traditional foodways and eating as their ancestors did — nutritiously and locally.

From Gangs to Gardens — Sept. 17. letef 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.

The Seed Saver — Sept. 17. The challenges of a young farmer expand our idea of what and who American farmers are as Kristyn Leach explores her Korean heritage with other Korean American farmers.

I’m Just a Layman in Pursuit of Justice: Black Farmers Fight Against the USDA — Sept. 18. This film chronicles the experiences of Black farmers fighting against the discrimination and injustices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, also known as the last plantation.

For more information, trailers and interviews, visit FoodJusticeFilmFestival.com.

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