What happens when two city girls set out to investigate where their food comes from? If your mom is a documentary filmmaker, you get the witty and thought-provoking film “What’s On Your Plate? The Film About Kids and Food Politics” by Catherine Gund.
The film follows Sadie and Safiyah, two middle school girls from New York, as they explore their place in the food chain: how food is grown, where it travels, and how it’s prepared and packaged. The girls talk to food activists, farmers, farmers market organizers, storekeepers, school lunch program directors, and their own families in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates.
They learn how farmers markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) are good for the environment, help struggling farmers survive, and can provide affordable, locally grown food to communities, especially lower-income urban families. The girls derive sophisticated and compassionate opinions about urban sustainability, and their inquiry is inspiring hope and active engagement in others.
Families are invited to attend a screening of the film–it’s FREE–at Sabin School in NE Portland on Tuesday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor auditorium. Everyone is welcome. The film is being presented by the SUN School’s Family Movie Night series and Sabin’s Wellness Committee. Sabin School is located at 4013 NE 18th Avenue, 97212. For more information, call Sabin SUN School at 503.916.6707.
Following the film, Independence Gardens owner Karen Wolfgang will help guide a brief discussion.
Check out the movie trailer