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. We are indeed living on thin ice.
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. Author, filmmaker, and self-proclaimed “food fighter” Valentin Thurn (Taste the Waste) set out in search of solutions to this looming crisis, documenting his discoveries in 10 Billion – What’s on Your Plate? Seeking ecologically and economically viable innovations, Thurn travels the world, consulting small-scale farmers and industrial producers alike. Among his destinations are an Indian seed bank, a Thai insect farm, urban gardens in the US and UK, and a Dutch university cultivating lab-grown beef that is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. 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, keen sensitivity, and no shortage of visual splendour, Ever the Land is a portrait of the Ngāi Tūhoe, one of New Zealand’s most passionately independent Maori tribes, and the sacred bond they share with the breathtaking forest region of Te Urewera. Historically, the relationship between the Tūhoe and the New Zealand government has been defined by the kinds of colonial injustices that will be only too familiar to Canadian viewers, but Ever the Land captures a moment of reconciliation and renewed hope. The Tūhoe are negotiating an apology and settlement from the Crown, and constructing an architectural marvel of a community centre that conforms to the radically sustainable standards of the Living Building Challenge. Making her feature directorial debut, Sarah Grohnert brings rare empathy and a veteran’s poise to this deeply rewarding tale of ecological innovation and indigenous pride.
Directed by: Ian Toews
Canada / 2016 / DCP / 88 Min
Bugs on the Menu follows startup companies, such as Entomo Farms, as well as Salt Lake City’s Shark Tank-winning Chapul, Boston’s female-led insect chip company Six Foods, Austin’s Hult Prize-winning Aspire Food Group, Vancouver’s famed Indian restaurant Vij’s, and Seattle’s celebrity cook, The Bug Chef. These and other restaurateurs, cricket 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. Experts Dr. Arnold van Huis of The Netherlands (author of the UN report “Edible Insects”) and Washington D.C.’s Sonny Ramaswamy of the USDA provide scientific analysis of this food industry revolution.
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 a soup kitchen during Milan’s World Fair in 2015. Canadian director Peter Svatek documented the proceedings as sixty of the world’s best chefs joined him to cook for refugees and the homeless of Milan out of the waste food of the Expo.
Since that time, Chef Bottura has created Food For Soul with the intent of creating high quality soup kitchens around the world. Theater of Life documents Massimo, the brilliant kitchen Refettorio Ambrosiano and more. Director Peter Svatek says: “The Refettorio became a home. But we wanted more. To meet and get to know the people the Refettorio served. Who are they? What is their life like? What happened to them at the Refettorio? And through their eyes raise some of the important ethical questions. The film is, I hope, a warm, human, compassionate look at the Refettorio.”