Tue 03.06 // 8:00 PM
SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St.
USA, 2011, 93 min.
In Person: Mark MacInnis
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. The people of Detroit have taken on the enormous task of changing this for themselves, and to understand their story is to understand how we can change it for us all. It’s a story that in the most difficult of places, new hope emerges. This growing movement of urban farmers is changing the way people think about food-and life in the “D”. It took men like Henry Ford, William Durant, and Lee Iacocca to build this city, but it’s taken a bunch of strong willed self-taught urban farmers to save it. ~ Vancouver Intl. Film Festival
“Urban Roots is an inspiring film about the emergence of urban farming in Detroit; it shows what’s possible after the collapse of the industrial era and how we begin building a sustainable future for all.” – Leonardo DiCaprio.
Preceded by: Animal Beatbox, Damon Gameau, Australia, 2011, 2 mins
Screening sponsored by East Bay Regional Park District.
Co-presented with Green For All.