MFCC resurrected the Feast on This! Film Festival after a four-year hiatus because of its potential to inform, spark conversation and action that support a robust, local food system in the Monadnock Region. Over 365 festival goers attended 7 films over 7 days, at venues throughout the region. The films selected educated our community about the diverse issues affecting our national, regional and local food and agricultural systems.
In 2009, José Obeth Santiz Cruz, a young Vermont dairy farmer was pulled into a mechanized gutter scraper and was strangled to death by his own clothing. Five immigrant farmworker women labor in the apple orchards and fields of rural western New York, migrate seasonally to Florida, raise their families, and try to hide from the Bush-era immigration raids that were conducted in response to 9/11. These and other stories of the lives of migrant workers were explored in the critically acclaimed documentary, “After I Pick The Fruit” and in a community discussion with the film’s co-producer, Abel Luna, Campaign and Education Coordinator, Migrant Justice, Burlington, Vermont.
KSC Fair Trade Group as part of the MFCC Feast on This! Film Festival, hosted a community screening of “After I Pick The Fruit” at 7pm at the Mabel Brown Room, Keene State College on Thursday, November 12, 2015.
What is permaculture and how does it play a part in building a sustainable food future in our region? “Inhabit”, a feature length documentary introduces the audience to permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics and governance. Community Garden Connections and The Orchard School hosted a screening of “Inhabit” at 7pm on Friday, November 13th at Antioch University New England.
Lisa DePiano, who is featured in “Inhabit” discussed the many environmental and agricultural issues facing us today and examined solutions that are being applied using this ecological design process. Directed by Costa Boutskaris, EcoWatch called the “Inhabit”, “Groundbreaking…offers Bold, New Solutions in Regenerative Agriculture. ”