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Food Justice Film Series Continues This Spring With Screenings of "PlanEat," "Global Change," "Urban Roots" and "Watershed"

The 2012-13 Food Justice Film Series continues this semester with the screening of Urban Roots on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m., in Rose Hills Theatre (lower level, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). 

The series, which is hosted by the Elemental Arts Initiative, the Environmental Analysis Program of the Claremont Colleges, and the Sustainability Integration Office, explores food justice issues, including health, access to food, sustainable agriculture, and fairness for food producers. Each film is followed by a Q&A session hosted by Professor Char Miller, director of the Environmental Analysis program.

The film series began last fall with the showings of American Meat, Farmaggedon and The Dark Side of Chocolate, and continues this semester with the following films: 

PlanEat (Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Rose Hills Theatre): PlanEat is the story of three men’s life-long search for a diet good for our health, the environment and the future of the planet. The film features the ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in China exploring the link between diet and disease; Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's use of diet to treat heart disease patients; and Professor Gidon Eshel's investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones.

Growing Change: A Journey Through Venezuela's Food Revolution (Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Rose Hills Theatre): Growing Change is a journey to understand why current food systems leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger. Starting with the 2008 global food crisis, the film then looks at Venezuela as the nation develops a more equitable and sustainable food and agriculture system, starting almost from scratch, from farmers and fishers to cocoa producers and urban gardeners.

Urban Roots (March 14, 7 p.m., Rose Hills Theatre): Urban Roots follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit, in light of the nation's collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future. Slow Food advocate, chef and author Alice Waters says of the film: "Detroit’s farmers are building a new and powerful urban economy, and providing an invaluable service to their community. We need empowering films like Urban Roots to keep us moving in the right direction.”

Watershed (April 16 or 18, date TBD, 7 p.m., Rose HIlls Theatre): Screened in conjunction with Earth Day, Watershed examines threats to the Colorado River, which millions in seven U.S. states and two Mexican states, depend upon, and offers solutions for the future of the American West. The film is executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Decena.