Directed by: Alex & Tyler Mifflin
Canada / 2016 / Documentary Short / 25 Min
Canada is home to over 1 million lakes and one of the largest freshwater supplies in the entire world, but scientists are discovering that these vast freshwater resources, and the ecosystems they support, are increasingly at risk due to the effects of climate change. From changing rainfall patterns, to reduced snowpack, melting mountain glaciers and warming lakes, Canada is more vulnerable to climate change than many of us assume.
Directed by: Valentin Thurn
Germany / 2015 / Documentary / 52 Min
Within the 21st century, the global population will surpass 10 billion, a figure that current methods of agricultural production cannot hope to sustain. Seeking ecologically and economically viable innovations, Thurn travels the world, consulting small-scale farmers and industrial producers alike. A richly diverse and rigorously researched survey, 10 Billion offers an absorbing vision of the future of sustainable food.
Directed by: Sarah Grohnert
New Zealand / 2015 / Documentary / 89 Min / 14A
A film of rich cultural insight, and no shortage of visual splendour, Ever the Land is a portrait of one of New Zealand’s most passionately independent Maori tribes. Historically, the relationship between the Tūhoe and the New Zealand government has been defined by the kinds of colonial injustices that is too familiar to Canadian viewers, but Ever the Land captures a moment of reconciliation and renewed hope.
Directed by: Ian Toews
Canada / 2016 / DCP / 88 Min
Restaurants, farmers, scholars, and scientists are part of a movement to normalize insect eating in the west, as an alternative to accepted, but resource intensive proteins like chicken, pork, and beef. Travelling worldwide, the feature food/enviro documentary Bugs on the Menu is a comprehensive examination of bug eating, observing these traditions in South Africa, Mexico, and Cambodia.
Directed by: Cass Gardiner
The Edible Indian is a short glimpse into the long history of ceremony, food and it's role in indigenous identity. Director Cass Gardiner (Algonquin/Anishinabe) weaves the memories, rights of passage, and spirituality of three First Nation's chefs as they cook. While re-creating their favorite meal, each chef paints a portrait of how what ends up on the plate tells a story of where they came from, who they are, and where First Nation's people are headed in the 21st century.
Directed by: Peter Svatek
Canada / 2016 / NFB / Documentary / 94 Min / 14A
World renowned culinary artist and humanist Massimo Bottura, whose restaurant Osteria Francescana has been voted number one in the world, decided to create an extraordinary soup kitchen. 60 of the world’s best chefs joined him to cook for refugees and the homeless of Milan out of only food waste from the World Expo.