Can we nourish ourselves from within cities…is urban farming a great possibility and reality? Join the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Network and co-presenter Thunder Bay +Area Food Strategy for an international look with a screening of “PLANT THIS MOVIE” on Wednesday April 15th, 7:30 PM at the Finlandia Club above the Hoito. Admission is free, donations are appreciated and the post-film discussion will sprout. This is a scent free event. Bring everyone and see you at the movies! Google us for more details.
“Plant this Movie”
Directed: Karney Hatch
USA 2014, 83 min
“Plant This Movie” explores the zeitgeist of urban farming around the world, from the incredible story of Havana, Cuba to communities of urban farmers in cities as diverse as Shanghai, Calcutta, Addis Ababa, London, and Lima. In the US, the story focuses on New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. The film is narrated by Daryl Hannah. [plantthismovie.com]
From the director:
I grew up on a farm, and though I’ve spent most of my adulthood in cities, I’ve always remained connected to the farming lifestyle. My grandparents were huge gardeners, too, so I’ve had the bug for many years. When I first moved to Los Angeles in 2000, I became aware of the idea of urban farming and how much sense it made, especially in a semi-desert like Southern California which steals (sorry, no other word fits!) most of its water from elsewhere. I began researching the documentary in earnest in 2009, and filming began in Los Angeles last year and now is ramping up with this ambitious filming trip which will take me to Asia, Africa and Latin America before returning to the US for additional filming into the Spring of 2012.
Where am I going? I’ve been talking with some of the foremost experts in the field, from Danielle Nierenberg at the Worldwatch Institute to Luc Mougeot at the International Development Research Centre. Also here in Peru I’ve been working with IPES, an NGO which works on urban agriculture throughout Latin America. With all this expert advice, I’m looking at these cities:
Kalkota (Calcutta), India
Of course only so much can fit in to one documentary, so I will have to winnow down the list a bit, but this gives you an idea of what’s on the radar screen….