Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, September 11, 2023

Contact:

Linda Rico, (520) 548-7963, lrico@biologicaldiversity.org

Virtual Film Festival Highlights Link Between Food Justice, Sustainability

Food Justice Film Festival Runs Sept. 14 to Sept. 17

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host its fourth annual virtual Food Justice Film Festival from Sept. 14 to Sept. 17, featuring award-winning films and interviews with organizers and activists. This year’s featured films are Food Chains, El Susto, Migrant Dreams and Seeding Change. The film festival is free and open to the public.

“These powerful films show how community organizers and activists are working to connect what we eat with our wellbeing and the health of the planet,” said Linda Rico, film festival organizer at the Center. “Viewers will walk away inspired to fight for a food system that’s better for farmworkers, communities and our world.”

What: Food Justice Film Festival

When: Sept. 14 to Sept. 17. Register now to watch each film for free during the festival dates.

Where: FoodJusticeFilmFestival.com

Who: In addition to the films, the festival also features interviews with organizers and activists, including Sonia Singh, co-director of the Food Chain Worker’s Alliance, and Amelia Ceja, president and CEO of Ceja Vineyards, featured in the film Food Chains.

The prerecorded interviews are free to watch and available to the public during and after the festival.

Background

Food Justice Film Festival Featured Films:

Food Chains — This film reveals the human cost of our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food restaurants and supermarkets. It follows the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain.

El Susto — In Mexico, where sugary sodas are more accessible than clean drinking water and Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of death, Coca-Cola and other sugary drinks are unleashing a public health crisis on a government 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 well-being of a nation.

Migrant DreamsMigrant Dreams exposes the underbelly of the Canadian government labor program that has built a system designed to empower brokers and growers to exploit, dehumanize and deceive migrant workers who have virtually no access to support or 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 pursuit of an alternative economic model and practice of conscious commerce. This film strives to empower viewers to be a part of the solution.

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

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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