Food First NL occasionally purchases screening rights to documentaries, in order to share across the province. In 2013 we even released our own film series called All Around the Table. We’ve got a solid collection of films now that community groups across the province can borrow to use for events. There’s no charge for borrowing a film from the Food First NL library, all that’s required is a promise to mail the film back when your group is done with it. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if any of the titles below interest you.
Film screenings are a great addition to educational events, classroom activities, festivals, community group gatherings or for fundraising events. For assistance with planning and hosting a film screening, feel free to get in touch.
A vegetable garden, laying hens, a fishing boat, berry grounds: when our grandparents were young, the grocery store was out the back door. In our search for a sustainable food system today we can look to the traditional ways of growing, preserving, and preparing our food that still make sense. These traditions live on in the knowledge of older generations; wisdom that has been captured in these twelve interviews with seniors from Eastern Newfoundland who share their personal food stories. As a collection these interviews shed light on how the way forward towards a better food system in the province begins by looking for inspiration in our past.
SCOFF: Seniors Celebration of Food & Film
Food First NL’s SCOFF video series celebrates, preserves, and shares a wealth of traditional food knowledge from seniors in Newfoundland & Labrador, through 8 short, enlightening, and often humourous documentaries. These videos provide a bounty of food skill instructions, like how to fillet fish, cellar veggies, build a slug zapper for your garden, maintain a potato patch, and make your own fertilizer from kelp.
Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. The film examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. www.symphonyofthesoil.com
What’s on Your Plate? is a witty and provocative documentary produced and directed by award-winning Catherine Gund about kids and food politics. Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah take a close look at food systems in New York City and its surrounding areas. With the camera as their companion, the girl guides talk to each other, food activists, farmers, new friends, storekeepers, their families, and the viewer, in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates. www.whatsonyourplateproject.org
With beautiful visuals and inspiring stories, the Nourish film traces our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps. Nourish illustrates how food connects to such issues as biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice. Hosted and narrated by actress Cameron Diaz. Companion to this film are free activity and curriculum guides to share Nourish in school settings. www.nourishlife.org
Food insecurity, climate change, and fuel risk are serious threats to communities around the world. In the small town of Wabowden, Northern Manitoba, two school teachers, Eleanor Woitowicz and Bonnie Monias, are empowering their students with the knowledge, discipline and skills to grow their own food sustainably in backyard gardens. andthisismygarden.com
FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. www.freshthemovie.com
The Greenhorns documentary film explores the lives of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker’s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture – to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming. www.thegreenhorns.net