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).
April’s film: Growing Cities
When we talk about food systems in the U.S., it’s not unusual for the conversation to take a certain turn-one that leads to discussion about malnutrition, broken government programs, and slighted producers, among many, many other things.
What we’re saying is that the whole topic can easily become be a real bummer.
Director Dan Susman thought so, too, and so he set out to show the world a different side of our food system—one that was full of triumph, joy, and people getting downright innovative. It’s these traits that make up the urban farming movement, and it’s that movement that inspired Susman to bring those stories to the big screen with his documentary film Growing Cities.
The film lets you sit shotgun on a road trip across the country with Susman and his best friend Andrew Monbouquette as they seek out the newest crop of farmers-those who are opting to cultivate food in America’s concrete jungles over secluded farmland. Through their journey they meet “…people who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food-from those growing food in backyards to make ends meet, to educators with the goals of teaching kids to eat better, to activists seeking a meaningful alternative to the industrial food system, and more,” according to the filmmakers.
It’s a colorful, fun look at people who are thinking out of the planter box and discovering how even a tiny windowsill garden or a couple backyard chickens have the potential to turn someone from a consumer on the sidelines to an active participant in our food system.
In all, Growing Cities serves as a great reminder that despite the issues we face, there’s always a sunny side to every story. And on that side, someone will probably be growing a tomato plant. Join us on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre as we partner with the University of Idaho Sustainability Center for a Food for Thought Film Series screening of Growing Cities. Admission is $4 for Co-op owners and students (with student ID), and $6 for general admission. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. when you can visit with representatives from the UI Sustainability Center.
Watch the trailer!