Written by guest blogger Denise Deby, who writes on local and global social and environmental issues.
Thursday, March 24
Dive! (2010, USA, 55 minutes), by Jeremy Seifert www.divethefilm.com
Inspired by a curiosity about the U.S.’s careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multiple-award-winning documentary Dive! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of LA’s Supermarkets. In the process of salvaging thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food, they’ve produced an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism, and call to action.
Wednesday, March 30
La reine malade (2009, Canada, 90 minutes), by Pascal Sanchez (In French with English subtitles) esperamos.ca/2009/10/la-reine-malade
Anciet Desrochers loves bees, and it shows. Since taking charge of his parents’ Hautes Laurentides hives in 1998, Anciet has witnessed a spectacular collapse of the world’s bee colonies – a collapse that endangers our food systems and our ecosystems. Anciet’s efforts to develop virus-resistant and disease-resistant queens, and to strengthen his colonies have brought him international renown as an expert on sustainable agriculture but. As Sanchez’ film shows, he’s not interested in fame. He just loves bees.
The films will be shown at the Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; screenings at 6:30 p.m. Free admission ($5 donation appreciated). For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (613) 234-6827 x 244.