Reel Food Film Festival Ottawa 2012

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

The Reel Food Film Festival is coming up again on March 22 and 29, 2012. Brought to you by USC Canada, Just Food, One World Arts and the Ottawa Good Food Box, the two films being featured promise an inspirational look at sustainable food and farming with a difference.

On Thursday, March 22, the Festival is screening To Make a Farm (2011, Canada), by Steve Suderman, about five young people who set out to become small-scale farmers. It’s “an intimate and practical exploration of farming and local food,” according to the film’s website.

Thursday, March 29 brings Land Awakening (2011, Canada), by Raúl Álvarez, who will attend the screening and answer questions afterwards. The film looks at farmers who have moved away from chemical agriculture to sustainable farming, and at humans’ relationship with food, nature and the land.

The Festival takes place at the Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe St.; doors open 6:00 p.m., screenings 6:30 p.m. Free admission ($5 donation appreciated). The aim of the Festival, which takes place twice a year, is to generate awareness and discussion about food issues.

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