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Great films. Great food. Great food for thought!
General · 17th January 2012
Robyn Budd
On January 20th and 21st Sierra Quadra presents Getting Fresh: Films on Food at the Quadra Community Centre. Poet, novelist and farmer Brian Brett kicks off the event with a presentation Friday evening. A rural enthusiast living on Saltspring Island, Brian is well known for his award-winning memoir Trauma Farm, a story that combines passion and practicality with a lot of humour. Brian paints an unforgettable portrait of his own farm, blended with socio-political commentary and a frank analysis of rural life.

Saturday January 21st is a day-long film festival on the subject of food, and the challenges and successes of producing a healthy alternative to corporate agriculture. Sierra Quadra presents five films that spell out the food production issues of our day:

Dirt! The Movie opens the filmfest with the basics: soil. Dirt! tells the stories of people worldwide who’ve chosen a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil, proving that true food sustainability is achievable without Big Agro.

Corner Plot is a short film about 89-year-old Charlie Koiner, who steadfastly works his one-acre piece of land and shares its bounty with his community – amidst a tangle of commuter traffic, shopping malls, and office buildings.

Urban Roots documents a spontaneous emergence of urban farming in Detroit. Once an industrial powerhouse, Detroit lost half its population when the manufacturing sector collapsed. Now, against all odds, seeds of change are taking root as empty lots and old factory yards are being transformed into urban farmland.

Food Security – It’s In Your Hands features the food producers and farmers of Vancouver Island and their commitment to provide a continuous, healthy food supply for Island residents – a goal challenged by corporate agriculture and a population accustomed to cheaper, imported food.

Fresh wraps up the filmfest with a look at the problems and consequences of our industrialized food system. But it finds plenty to celebrate as it focusses on the farmers, thinkers, and business people who are creatively re-inventing the means for healthy, abundant food production.

Admission is by donation to Brian Brett’s presentation and to the filmfest. The usual complement of drinks and goodies will be available throughout both events, and a hot meal will be served during the lunch break on Saturday. On Friday the 20th doors open at 7pm and Brian’s presentation begins at 7:30. The filmfest runs from 10am to 5:30pm on Saturday January 21st.

Getting Fresh
acknowledges the support of the Writers Union of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts for sponsoring Brian Brett's presentation.