Friends of the Earth’s Feast of Film, a film festival about good food and
farming, is back for 2010! Over six weeks, the Feast of Film will offer
fortnightly screenings (on July 31, August 14 and 28) of some of the best
international films about good food, agriculture and community, including
the very special August 28 world premiere of ‘An Urban Orchard’, a
celebration of food gardening and sharing on the Adelaide Plains.
All screenings will be held at Unley Citizens’ Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley
Entry $5-$15 | Three screening pass $20.00
Winter warming goodies will be available. All funds raised support work
for just and sustainable food and farming in South Australia.
> SCREENING 1: 4.00PM-7.00PM, SATURDAY 31 JULY 2010
USA | 4 minutes
In Portland, USA, community organisation Depave.org pulls up carparks for
transformation into urban food gardens and parks.
Dirt! The Movie
USA | 80 minutes
DIRT! takes you inside the wonders of the soil, telling the story of
Earth's most valuable and under appreciated source of fertility - from its
miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.
FLOW: For Love of Water
USA | 84 minutes
Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts
label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st
Century - The World Water Crisis. Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW
also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing
practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new
technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global
and economic turnaround.
> SCREENING 2: 4.00PM-7.00PM, SATURDAY 14 AUGUST 2010
Canada | 74 minutes
TABLELAND is a culinary expedition in search of the people, place and
taste of North American small-scale, sustainable food production. Director
Craig Noble argues for the re-localization of North American food systems,
and a return to a fresher, healthier way of feeding ourselves. From the
orchards of BC, the inner city gardens of Chicago to the Napa Highlands
and everywhere in between, TABLELAND showcases the successful production
of tasty, local, and seasonal food from field to plate.
WINNER – Best feature, New York City Film Festival 2008
Black Gold: Wake up and smell the coffee
USA | 78 minutes
Coffee is today the most popular beverage in the world and has become an
industry worth over $80 billion. But while we continue to pay top dollar
for our designer lattes and cappuccini, the price paid to coffee farmers
remains so low that many face grinding poverty, relying on foreign aid
from the very countries which refuse to pay fair prices for their
products. Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the
birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his
74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy.
UK | 12 minutes
This ground breaking film investigates the impacts of growing soy in South
America and shows how small scale farming that is good for people and the
environment is losing out to big business of pesticides – poisoning rural
communities, water sources and nature.
> SCREENING 3: 4.00PM-7.00PM, SATURDAY 28 AUGUST 2010
An Urban Orchard
Australia | 15 minutes
Tracing the history of food gathering and production on the Adelaide
Plains, from the Kaurna to present day backyards, An Urban Orchard is a
celebration of growing good food. Focussing on the Unley’s homegrown fruit
and vegetable exchange ‘The Urban Orchard’, the film follows the journeys
of local gardeners involved in the exchange and offers inspiration for
other communities to start their own community food projects.
USA | 80 minutes
The fourteen-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles is the
largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing
after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have
since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted
neighborhoods. But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre
oasis. The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil
of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants
from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if
they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers.