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Enjoy a LINE-UP of FREE films April 8 – 9th

Planet in Focus is Canada's largest environmental film festival and presents the very best environmental films from around the world to audiences in Toronto each October. Now in its 18th year, join the festival at the Green Living Show as we screen some past festival favourites for audiences of all ages. They've programmed a line-up of films to entertain and enlighten you, so come take in a film at the Show this year - all screenings are FREE.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

1:00 p.m.

The Water Brothers: ON THIN ICE

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.


4:00 p.m.

10 Billion: What’s on Your Plate

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.


6:00 p.m.

Ever The Land

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.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

2:00 p.m.

Bugs on the Menu

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.


3:45 p.m.

The Edible Indian

Directed by: Cass Gardiner

18 minutes

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.


4:30 p.m.

Theater of Life

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.