The Food for Thought Film series is an Outreach program designed offer education through entertainment. We bring both documentaries and feature films to town on a number of issues related to the Co-op’s mission. Some of the film topics have included environmental sustainability, the importance of eating locally, water systems, food justice issues and many more. Films are shown at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in downtown Moscow on the third Wednesday of the month during the Spring and Fall months (unless otherwise noted). The cost to attend films is $6 for general admission and $4 for Co-op owners and university students (must have ID).
March’s film: Eating Alabama
Join us for our Food for Thought Film Series selection for March, Eating Alabama. This film will show at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did: locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers that once populated their family histories.
Filmmaker Andrew Grace grew up in rural Alabama eating Sunday afternoon suppers with a myriad of family. Aunts, uncles, and cousins all gathered around the dinner table at his grandmother’s house to eat delicious and locally grown food, food that was grown by their family, friends and neighbors. He has fond memories of his grandmother preparing the majority of cooking, but what Grace remembers most is the conversations around the kitchen while family prepared food together. It is one of his most distinct memories.
After leaving for college and heading out west for a number of years Grace returns to his native home of Alabama only to discover that many of the small farms that provided his childhood meals were non-existent. Fewer farmers worked larger acreage farms, more of whom were required to have additional jobs off the farm.
“All of my family is from the South, but I’ve always had a kind of love/hate relationship with the place. Like many young Southerners growing up here, all I wanted to do was get out. But the older I got, the more I felt drawn back to it – no matter how tortured and complicated its past,” Grace said.
After returning to Grace’s childhood home he and his wife decided to eat only food grown or raised in Alabama. They would go out into the rural parts of the state, find all the farmers they assumed were out there, and make a movie about how rewarding and gratifying it was to eat locally.
It’s not a movie that proposes grand and sweeping changes to fix what’s wrong with our food system. Instead, it’s a movie about how slowing down, working hard, and sharing good food can go a long way toward living a good life. Eating Alabama is a thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability.
Eating Alabama will show at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. Admission is $4 for Co-op owners and students, and $6 for the general public.
Watch the trailer!