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FILM: SUSTENANCE at Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth
February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Movie: Wednesday, February 15, 2023⋅7PM-no registration is required
Sustenance is a feature-length documentary about food’s journey around the world, exploring controversies revolving around food and its interconnectedness with justice, climate change, and sustainability.
Breaking bread during a reunion, a group of friends become curious about the sustainability of their eating regiments. They instigate a challenge and send the filmmaker on a quest to investigate the credibility and ethicality of their eating ideologies. The friends come from different backgrounds and live in Toronto, Canada; a multicultural megalopolis. What follows takes the filmmaker on a global odyssey, far beyond the borders of Canada. As she digs deeper she realizes the inconvenient truths not only about the environmental catastrophes caused by our dependence on mainstream food production methods, but also by the cataclysmic social justice impact of our eating habits in the global south.
During her quest for Sustenance the filmmaker comes vis-à-vis the inevitability of our reliance on animal-source foods if we want to tackle the sustainability problem and live harmoniously with the other sojourners of our planet. She meets some of the most renowned contemporary food activists that elucidate this critical concept and provide their solutions; figures such as Lierre Keith, Allan Savory, Joel Salatin, Nora Gedgaudas, and Derrick Jensen.
The documentary unfolds many popular myths on topics such as plant-based diets, healthy and nutritional foods, ethical eating, food politics, industrial agriculture, and how to attain a sustainable lifestyle. Sustenance focuses on an outspoken socio-political approach to discovering where our food really comes from and how it genuinely affects the health of other people, other species, and ultimately our planet. While the documentary’s content focuses on an informative yet shocking look at the history of food politics, the meditative cinematic journey around the world allows spectators to reconnect with nature and Earth’s sustenance.