Food For The Rest Of Us
Food for the Rest of Us is a feature film that presents 4 stories of people living life on their own terms, serving as leaders who are lending their voice to the underdog and leading a revolution to a better world, from the ground up! An Indigenous-owned, youth run organic farm in Hawaii, and Black urban grower in Kansas City who runs a land-farm at East High School, A female Kosher Butcher in Colorado working with the Queer Community and an Inuit community on the Arctic Coast who are adapting to climate change with a community garden in a small geodesic dome.
Marjorie Ovauyak is an Inuit elder living in the hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk where she lives a modest life on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. Marjorie’s diet is largely dependent on fishing and hunting. She has seen drastic changes to the shoreline of Tuktoyaktuk in recent years in a town that is being ravaged by the impacts of climate change and struggles with intergenerational trauma from the residential school system.
Eric Person is the owner and manager of Kansas City Aquaponics, which is a holistic urban farm located on the grounds of East High School in Kansas City Missouri. Eric brings light to some of the racist policies that exist in the farming community in the American Midwest, but also shows how he is inspiring the next generation of Urban Farmers to empower themselves through farming by offering workshops and training.
MA’O Organic Farm is an Indigenous-owned farm campus on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i where much of the Island is controlled by the US military, mono-crop plantations and resorts. Farm founder, Kukui Maunakea, talks about the farms mission to grow organic, sustainable produce while empowering local indigenous youth in the impoverished community of Waianae through the farm’s internship program.
Tzuria Malpica is a young Mexican-Jewish butcher and farmer who has challenged gender norms within the Jewish faith and has taken on the practice of kosher slaughter. Tzuria uses her training as a Kosher butcher to teach others how to harvest meat with good intention, with a focus on giving these skills to marginalized people, such as women and members of
the Queer community.
Act 1 – How did we get here
We meet our characters and establish each location. From there we take a firsthand look at the poverty and health crisis being faced by marginalized communities and look at the historical land-use, olonization and eco-racism that has brought these communities to a breaking point.
Act 2 – Back to the Land
We dig deeper into the spiritual and ancestral practices that are guiding the hands and hearts of our main protagonists and learn what they are doing to provide ethical and healthy food for their community.
Act 3 – Fighting for our Food
As our characters build skills and community, they move the conversation from esoteric rhetoric to tangible results, such as building greenhouses, teaching workshops and in Hawaii, improving the graduation rates of the farm interns, to ensure a locally sustainable way of life thrives for future generations.