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Screening of Food Fight at the AFI Fest

foodfightmovie.jpgWe’re happy to help spread the word about a documentary that will be screened at this year’s AFI Fest: Food Fight.

When: Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 3:15pm
Where: Mann Chinese 6 Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Cost: Free

As the filmmakers note:

When we walk into a supermarket, we assume that we have the widest possible choice of healthy foods. But in fact, over the course of the 20th century, our food system has been co-opted by corporate forces whose interests do not lie in providing the public with fresh, healthy, and sustainably produced food.

Fortunately for America, an alternative emerged from the counterculture of California in the late 1960s and early 1970s, where a group of political anti-corporate protesters–led by Alice Waters–voiced their dissent by creating a food chain outside of the conventional system. The unintended result was the birth of a vital local-sustainable-organic food movement, which has brought back taste and variety to our tables.

Food Fight is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counterrevolution against big agribusiness.

Food Fight was screened at the Slow Food on Film festival in Bologna earlier this year and is now being shown at festivals in the United States.

Watch the trailer on the Food Fight website, and visit the AFI Fest page for more information.