From the Archive: Films on food and sharing for Thanksgiving

Urban_Roots_kids_1.jpgFood is front of mind as we all come together with friends and family for Thanksgiving. Whether it's your old family recipe for pumpkin pie or a new take on turkey and all the trimmings, one things for sure, sharing food and traditions is what makes this holiday special.

Here are our top three Festival documentaries that have sharing and food at the heart of their story.

Dive! (Jeremy Seifert, 2009)

We all know that too much of our food ends up in the trash. In Dive! Jeremy Seifert and friends take sharing food into their own hands as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and garbage bins of Los Angeles’ supermarkets.

In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food – resulting in an inspiring journey that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action about food waste in America.

Seeds of Time (Sandy McLeod, 2013)

2014 Audience Award winner Seeds of Time reveals the urgency to continue sharing and protecting seeds if we're going to save our future food supply.

Most of us take seeds for granted, but they are the basis for our food production system. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally.

But Cary Fowler's journey, and our own, is just beginning: From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, Fowler's passionate and personal journey may hold the key to save a resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

Urban Roots (Mark MacInnis, 2011)

A shared determination to grow their own food brings a community together in Urban Roots.

Against all odds, in the boarded-up shops, empty lots and defunct factories, seeds of change are taking root in Detroit. With the most vacant lots in the country, citizens are reclaiming their spirits by growing food. A small group of dedicated citizens have started an urban environmental movement with the potential to transform not just a city after its collapse, but also a country after the end of its industrial age. 

Urban Roots shows dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally-grown, sustainably farmed food in a city where people – as in much of the county – have found themselves cut off from real food and limited to the lifeless offerings of fast food chains and grocery stores stocked with processed food.