In 2020 we created the Food Justice Film Festival (FJFF) to elevate and amplify the voices of farmers, food workers, activists and filmmakers while continuing a dialogue on the issues surrounding who grows our food, how our food is grown, who has access to sustainable food and who is harmed by industrial-farming practices and policies.
Sep. 16 (Food, Culture & Borderlands)
The Native American roots of Texas Mexican food serve up tacos, feminism and cultural resistance. Over time and during conquest, Texas Mexican food sustained Native American memory and identity. Cooking foods like nopalitos, deer, mesquite and tortillas, indigenous women led the cultural resistance against colonization. Based on the award-winning history and cookbooks, “Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes.”
Sep. 17 (Climate Change & Farming)
Anita Chitaya has a gift; she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, she can make men fight for gender equality, and she can end child hunger in her village. Now, to save her home from extreme weather, she faces her greatest challenge: persuading Americans that climate change is real. It will take all her skill and experience to help Americans recognize, and free themselves from, a logic that is already destroying the Earth.
Sep. 18 (Child Labor, Farmworkers & Environmental Harms)
Every year, more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA is "the story of the children who feed America" and profiles three children as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida’s tomato fields to follow the harvest.
Sep. 19 (Seed Saving, Food Sovereignty & Justice)
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.
Adán Medrano, Executive Producer, Writer & Author
Christine Ortega, President & CEO of Piquin Properties
Raj Patel, Filmmaker, Co-director & Author
Anita Chitaya, Narrator & Writer, Farm Owner and Co-founder of Soils, Food & Healthy Communities (SFHC)
Esther Lupafya, Doctor and Co-founder of Soils, Food & Healthy Communities (SFHC)
Dr. Rachel Bezner Kerr, Researcher for Soils, Food & Healthy Communities (SFHC)