Reel Food Film Festival 2011

Written by guest blogger Denise Deby, who writes on local and global social and environmental issues.

USC Canada is once again presenting the Reel Food Film Festival, on March 24 and March 30, 2011 (film descriptions below are from the USC Canada website):

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 info@usc-canada.org or (613) 234-6827 x 244.

The Reel Food Film Festival is presented by Just Food, USC Canada, World Inter-Action Mondiale (WIAM), and the Ottawa Good Food Box.

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