The 20th Anniversary of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital kicks off today, and the organizers have prepared a feast for your eyes. If you are looking for some celluloid to digest this month, try taking in some of the food flicks being dished up by filmmakers from around the world. There are two world premieres and a number of other delicious offerings.
Festival promoter, Rana Koll-Mandel had this to say about the two food films debuting at the festival: “These two World Premiere films solidify, once and for all, the unquestionable connection between food/ agriculture and the environment. IN ORGANIC WE TRUST gets to the real meaning of organic and the importance of maintaining its integrity, while SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL highlights the overlooked importance of the soil, not only in our crops, but in nurturing all life on the planet. “
In Organic We Trust (USA, 2012, 82 min.) will be shown two times, Friday, March 16, 8:00pm at the Carnegie Institution for Science and Friday, March 23, 6:00pm at THEARC, Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus. This film explores the organics movement turned industry, and the challenges of staying true when agribusiness entered the mix. The film also explores the paths toward a system with more integrity, where urban gardens, local farmers markets and school gardens play a vital role. The filmmaker, Kip Pastor is committed to making films that inform and inspire change. He will speak after the film on the night of the 16th. To see more details about the DC World Premiere, visit the environmental film festival website. For more information, visit the film’s website.
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Symphony of the Soil (USA 2012, 103 min.) makes its World Premiere on Sunday, March 25 at 4:00pm at the National Museum of Natural History. A panel discussion follows, with the filmmaker, Deborah Koons Garcia (Jerry Garcia’s wife and famous for her prior documentary, The Future of Food) a Virginia farmer and other soil science experts. The film examines the miraculous substance that is soil, and our human relationship with it. Filmed on four continents, the film highlights the role of healthy soil in creating healthy plants that nourish and sustain humans. This film is part of a multi-film project. See more on the film’s website.
See details on this screening on the environmental film festival website.
Other Food Films at the Festival
Wednesday, March 14, 6:30pm To Make a Farm Canadian film about the planting of a farm, the trials and satisfaction that comes with the process.
Thursday, March 15, 7:00pm The Greenhorns Explores young farmers in their 20′s and 30′s and the daunting challenges they face.
Saturday, March 17, 3:00pm My Village, My Lobster Film about the Nicaragua’s perilous lobster fishing industry, set in the stunning Caribbean.
Saturday, March 17, 5:00pm The Harvest: The Story of the Children Who Feed America The children who become migrant farm workers to help their families survive.
Monday, March 19, 7:30pm Taste the Waste German film details how much of our food actually ends up at the landfill. Speaks to the need to reduce food waste.
To see the other green films playing all over town this month, as part of the Environmental Film Festival, download the entire brochure. Each film is playing at a different venue, so be sure and click the hyperlinks provided, above, or the listing in the brochure.
Kimberly Hartke blogs about green living and the local food movement.