Film. Art. Voices. Food Justice in Focus.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our "Food Justice in Focus 2015" Film Art & Voices event such a huge success! We are thrilled to have partnered with the Social Justice Film Festival, hold the event at University Christian Church, get support from amazing sponsors (see list below), and welcome a panel of visionary, passionate food justice advocates to join our discussion. See below for details of the event, including a festival trailer, the full film schedule, bios of our panelists, and much more! 

Columbia Legal Services produced a short that we premiered at the event called Fruits of Justice. which was produced, written, edited, and directed by Dan Thornton with Alibi Pictures. In a true grassroots movement, farm workers in Washington’s Skagit Valley formed their own union, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, to seek living-wages and fair treatment in the fields. When management sought to thwart their efforts, the workers responded with old-school protests and boycotts along with new-millennia social media and enlisted the help of dedicated public interest lawyers to fight for justice. This is their story.

Fruits of Justice (produced by Columbia Legal Services/Alibi Pictures.)

To find out more about about how Columbia Legal Services supports farm workers, read about our Immigrant Workers Group and victories for farm workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms regarding paid rest breaks, family housing and anti-retaliation, access for visitors, and the largest farm worker wage and hour settlement on record in Washington State.

Trailer: Film. Art. Voices. Food Justice in Focus 2015 from Metier Productions on Vimeo.

Behind the scenes of our national and global food system are overlooked communities of low-income farm workers who harvest our produce and tend to livestock; food processors who warehouse, prepare and package; and food servers who ensure the seamless continuum of consumption. The process from farm to table is complex. With increasing awareness about the environmental, economic, and social costs of food production and food security, consumers, policy makers, and whole communities are asking questions about food fairness and sustainability.

As an organization with a long history of work on fair pay, safe working conditions, and access to basic food and shelter for Washington's working families, we at Columbia Legal Services believe that a more equitable society is possible when everyone has the tools to achieve social and economic justice. We are excited to join the Social Justice Film Festival to present this evening of films and community discussion around food justice, and we hope you will join us at the table.

Food Justice in Focus Poster

FRIDAY

Film+Panel Discussion: 6-9 pm

Join us for a community discussion and screening of FOOD CHAIN$, a documentary about the human costs of our food supply. Immediately following the screening will be an engaging panel discussion led by FOOD CHAIN$ director Sanjay Rawal, featuring local advocates and community organizers tackling pressing issues related to fair production and access to healthy food for all. Cost: $10.

FC-Poster-SmallFOOD CHAIN$ (feature): From wages to threats and violence, FOOD CHAIN$ explores the food industry's treatment of farmworkers and the role large buyers play in keeping wages low. You'll meet a fearless group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida who challenge the status quo to obtain a dignified life for workers and a more transparent food chain. The film was executive-produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. Narrated by Forest Whitaker.

Fruits of Justice: In a true grassroots movement, farm workers in Washington’s Skagit Valley formed their own union, Familias Unidas, to seek living-wages and fair treatment in the fields. When management sought to thwart their efforts, the workers responded with old-school protests and boycotts along with new-millennia social media and enlisted the help of dedicated public interest lawyers to fight for justice. This is their story.

Panel Discussion: Immediately following the screening will be an engaging panel discussion led by FOOD CHAIN$ director Sanjay Rawal, featuring local and national advocates and community organizers tackling pressing issues related to fair production and access to healthy food for all. (See picture.)

Feed your mind during intermission with refreshments and the photo exhibition “Faces of Food Justice” by Audra Mulkern of the Female Farmer Project.

 

Panel Discussion
 

Moderator: Sanjay Rawal

Sanjay worked for over 15 years as a development consultant on humanitarian projects in over 40 countries while running a small agricultural genetics company with his father. He helped to start a number of foundations for philanthropists, corporations and celebrities and became involved in film after working on the outreach campaign of Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker’s documantary PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL. His last two documentaries OCEAN MONK and CHALLENGING IMPOSSIBILITY have been screened in over 100 countries.

 

 

Panelists

Andrea Schmitt is an attorney with the Immigrant Workers Group at Columbia Legal Services, where she focuses on issues relating to farmworkers and other low-wage workers. More

 

 

 


Dj Cavem is the founder of Eco HipHop, an award winning environmental activist, emcee, vegan chef, midwife, DJ, O.G. (organic gardener), bboy, educator, and founder of Going Green Living Bling, an organization dedicated to educating youth using Eco HipHop as a platform of engagement and education on the subjects of plant based nutrition, sustainability, organic gardening, food justice, and environmental awareness. More



 

Emma Zavala-Suarez, J.D. is a proud Mexican immigrant and former farm worker who is committed to working on immigrant and farm worker rights. More

 

 

 



 

SATURDAY

Film Festival: 12:30-9 pm

Join the Social Justice Film Festival for a day of food-justice exhibits, art, and contemporary films where food intersects with today’s biggest environmental, labor, poverty and health issues.

Bite One: 12:30-3:00 pm, Suggested Donation: $5

Resistencia (feature): When a brutal military coup ousts the only president these landless farmers ever believed in, they take over 10,000 acres of plantations claimed by the most powerful man in the country. Despite every form of pressure imaginable, they have no plans to give them back.

Locavore: Pigs in the Park: A short film about Locavore's project to rear pigs in an urban croft in Queens Park, Glasgow, in an effort to raise awareness of the impact of intensive farming methods and meat consumption in the UK.

To Build a Forest: In the urban neighborhood of Beacon Hill, Seattle, people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds come together to build an edible food forest inspired by relationships found in natural ecologies in an effort to create a sustainable food system within the community.

El Cacao: In the lush rainforest of Bocas del Toro, Panama, an indigenous cacao farmer, his wife and grandchildren confront environmental and economic complexities as they grow, harvest and sell cacao beans for a global chocolate market. Does Fair Trade Certification really work?
 



Bite Two: 3:30-5:30 pm, Suggested Donation: $5

The Hand That Feeds (feature): Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma Lopez sets out to end abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain. The epic power struggle that ensues turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars.

Wildlife Detectives: Katie Campbell takes us into the world of shellfish poachers in the Puget Sound and what wildlife officers are doing to combat illegal hunters. KCTS 9 and EarthFix investigate how our state’s wildlife detectives are trying to stop criminals from making a killing.

Food for Life, Food for Thought:  We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost? As farms have become supersized, our environment suffers and so does the quality of our food. Food for Thought, Food for Life explains the downsides of current agribusiness practices, and also introduces us to farmers, chefs, researchers, educators, and advocates who are providing solutions.
 



Bite Three: 6:30-9 pm, Suggested Donation: $5

Poverty_Inc_Poster_22x28_2015_JimenezPoverty, INC (feature): Fighting poverty is big business. But who profits the most? From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, POVERTY, INC. plays the gadfly in the this eye-opening examination of Western interventions in the developing world.

Elm Kids: Explore the deviant world of dumpster diving and collective living in this short documentary about repurposing ‘garbage’, sharing food, and loving friendships.  Elm Kids demonstrates how people in Long Beach, CA are working together to utilize the resources being discarded in the waste stream.

Unfair Game: The Politics of Poaching: Can wildlife conservation efforts go too far? Is execution ever a just punishment for poaching animals? Through the inspiring stories of two activists, Unfair Game explores the disastrous results when wildlife takes priority over indigenous people's land rights, human rights, and their very survival.

 

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Columbia Legal Services & the Social Justice Film Festival present: Film. Art. Voices. Food Justice in Focus