September 14-17. Online.

The Center for Biological Diversity is hosting the fourth annual free virtual Food Justice Film Festival from Sept 14 to 17. Each featured film explores the links between food justice, farmworker rights, worker protections, food access and environmental sustainability.

Food justice is environmental justice. These films highlight the ways our unjust food system harms communities and strains our planet. They explore how community organizers and activists are creating powerful movements that connect what we eat to our culture, identity and health as well as the health of the Earth.

This year’s films:

  • Food Chains — Food Chains reveals the human suffering in agriculture and the complicity of large buyers of produce, like fast-food restaurants and supermarkets. The film follows the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story of fighting to ensure a dignified life for farmworkers and a more humane, transparent food chain is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed.
  • El Susto — Coca-Cola and other sugary drinks are unleashing a public health crisis onto Mexico — where sugary sodas are more accessible than clean drinking water and Type 2 Diabetes is a leading cause of death — and the government is ill-equipped to handle it. El Susto charts Big Soda’s insidious infiltration into Mexican society as courageous public health advocates, medical professionals, and community members fight for the well-being of a nation.
  • Migrant Dreams — Migrant Dreams exposes the underbelly of the Canadian government labor program, which has built a system designed to favor brokers and growers by exploiting, dehumanizing and deceiving migrant workers with almost no access to information in their own language.
  • Seeding Change — Twenty years ago, a young group of social entrepreneurs joined a movement to change the world through the practice of conscious commerce — an alternative economic model that considers the social, environmental and financial issues involved in producing what people buy. This film strives to empower viewers to be part of the solution by supporting brands and products that align with their values.

In addition to the films, the Food Justice Film Festival includes interviews with Sonia Singh (co-director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance) and Amelia Ceja (president and CEO of Ceja Vineyards, featured in the film Food Chains). The interviews are free to watch and available during and after the festival.

Each film is free to watch any time from September 14 to 17, but you will need to sign up.