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Monday, May 18, 2015

SF Green Film Festival: Flicks about Sugar, Salt & Farming

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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You totally think you're doing enough for the earth: meatless on Monday, splashing two tablespoons of water on your body every third day instead of a wasteful shower, making pickles out of petite-watermelon rinds, and schlepping a tray of Mason jars to Rainbow to refill with hemp, chia and acai. But San Francisco's very own Green Film Festival goes one better, and includes the serene opportunity to nibble popcorn while you watch and learn about “modern issues associated with food and the environment.”

Here are some interesting food-centric films from the 60 being shown around town for the fifth annual Green Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday, May 28 and runs through Wednesday, June 3.

Some can’t miss films that may spring you into action include: That Sugar Film on May 31, which shows the havoc a high-sugar diet can wreak on any body. Look for cameos from Stephen Fry, Gary Taubes, Michael Moss, and Kimber Stanhope.

Learn about the contamination of rice farms in the U.S. premiere on June 1 of Black, from Taiwanese director Chen-Wei Lin. As wastewater pollution infiltrates Taiwan’s rice fields, Lin ably shows the growing problems that farmers and eaters face around a food that is a regional staple.

My Name Is Salt premieres May 30 and details the families in India who return to the salt fields each year to extract the mineral, even as the monsoons erode them away. The struggle to survive as a sustainable farmer named Niels is the subject of Good Things Await, screening June 1. Watch as Niels supplies famed Danish restaurant Noma with beautiful produce — he is a thoughtful idealist working with a restaurant that is consistently called the best in the world. The personal choices around eating swine covers pig farming, foot-and-mouth disease and familial conflict in Korea as the subject of An Omnivorous Family’s Dilemma. And the problem of tossed-out produce gets screen time for Just Eat It: A Food Waste Movie. "Just Eat It" is a great mantra no matter what film is showing, no?  

Non-wasteful press releases welcomed and recycled at writereadeat (at) gmail 

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