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Program 20 - 'Gaining Ground' (US), 'The FoodBank Film' (UK) & 'Working Together for A Cooperative Future' (EU)

  • Cinema Village 22 East 12th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Working Together for A Cooperative Future - The experiences, challenges and motivations of young cooperators in 9 worker and social cooperatives from 9 countries worldwide. (2015, 15min)

The Foodbank Film - A group of food bank users in South London have made a film about using a food bank -they interviewed food bank users to find out why they were living in food poverty and how they felt about using a food bank-their stories are both shocking and sad. (2016, 15 min)

Gaining Ground - A feature-length documentary film by Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein, tells personal stories of farmers making extraordinary changes in their farming practices to feed their local communities sustainably grown produce and grains. The documentary interweaves experiences of urban farmer-activists in inner city Richmond, California, a small family farm in rural Oregon converting from commodity dairy to chemical-free produce and a large farm in the Willamette Valley transitioning from grass seed to organic grains. The film personalizes class, gender, race and environmental justice issues by rooting them within narratives of compelling individuals. As these stories unfold, the film explores the devastating effects of the 2012 Chevron Richmond refinery fire on Urban Tilth in inner city Richmond and the impact of the 2013 discovery of GMO wheat in Eastern Oregon on Stalford Seed Farms in the Willamette Valley. While the movie is sober about the obstacles to creating change, at the same time it points the way toward hope. GAINING GROUND instills in its viewers the potential to create change on a personal, local and global scale. (2015, 1 hr 16min)

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