February 10, Saturday - CoDev: 6th Annual World Community Film Festival - February 10th, 2007
Frankensteer is a disturbing documentary that reveals how the ordinary cow has been turned into an antibiotic-dependent, hormone-laced, potential carrier of toxic bacteria, all in the name of cheaper food. This benign, grazing herbivore has undergone a transformation in how it's raised, fed and slaughtered. Topics covered include the recent changes made to inspection rules that shift the responsibility for food safety away from government inspectors to the workers who do the slaughtering and packing.Consumers, by and large, are totally unaware of the dangers lurking in their beef. According to Mike McBane of the Canadian Health Coalition, "When you bring a package of hamburger home from a supermarket, you have to treat it as toxic material.” All films screened at Langara College. For more information, or to order tickets, see www.codev.org/filmfest.
In this documentary, crop and animal farmers in Quebec, the Canadian West, the US Northeast and France offer solutions to the social and environmental scourges of factory farming. Driven by the forces of globalization, rampant agribusiness is harming the environment and threatening the survival of farms.
The proliferation of GMO crops is a further threat to biodiversity as well as to farmers' autonomy. In Europe as well as North America, a current of resistance, bringing together farmers and consumers, insists that it is possible, indeed imperative, to grow food differently. The Fight for True Farming is a film of grim lucidity but also irrepressible hope. All films screened at Langara College. For more information, or to order tickets, see www.codev.org/filmfest.
Life Running Out of Control - NEW
Life Running Out of Control offers a uniquely wide-ranging international perspective on the science and ethics of genetic engineering. This film takes us on an enlightening journey to India, Norway, and the forests of Colombia. It offers inspiring images of resistance and hope amidst pressing concerns about the science and ethics of GMOs, corporate control of our food, and the patenting of human, animal, and plant life. A must-see for those who are looking beyond the most immediate health and safety concerns, and seek to understand the wider implications of today's biotechnologies. Golden Lynx for Best Journalistic Achievement, Ökomedia Environmental Film Festival. All films screened at Langara College. For more information, or to order tickets, see www.codev.org/filmfest.
Slow Food Revolution - NEW
Traditional foods are at risk of disappearing forever, as a speed-obsessed world culture increasingly turns to fast food. In order to counter this trend, there is an international gastro-economic movement known as ‘Slow Food’. Its aim is to protect traditional culture, the environment and biodiversity by encouraging regional food production and enjoyment. The movement is now active in 45 countries around the world. Towns like Orvieto, Italy, have declared themselves to be "slow cities", free of fast food outlets, neon and noise. Beautifully photographed around the globe, Slow Food Revolution is a celebration of sustainability, seasonality and the quality of the earth's bounty. All films screened at Langara College. For more information, or to order tickets, see www.codev.org/filmfest.
How Cuba Survived Peak Oil - NEW
After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, Cuba lost over half of its oil imports and yet managed to survive. During this difficult "Special Period", Cuba was undergoing a transition from a highly industrial society to a sustainable one; from large farms or plantations and reliance on fossil fuel-based pesticides and fertilizers, to small organic farms and urban gardens. Cuba became a living example of how a country can successfully traverse what we all will have to deal with sooner or later, namely the reduction and loss of finite fossil fuel resources. The Power of Community is a story of Cubans’ dedication to independence and triumph over adversity, with strong overtones of cooperation and hope. All films screened at Langara College. For more information, or to order tickets, see www.codev.org/filmfest.