It is our right as humans to be in direct relationship with the land and have access to healthy food.
My name is Caroline Cox and I’m the Director and Co-Producer of the film, Food for the Rest of Us. I became inspired by the connection to land and food when I was living off-the-grid, seven hours outside of Yellowknife. Being in relationship to seasonal food sources sparked the concept for Wild Kitchen, a TV show hosted by my producing partner, Tiffany Ayalik. This tiny spark of an idea in the high Arctic grew into an international community with followers across the globe. Through this community we realized we are not alone in our desire to create change through food.
Food for the Rest of Us heads to the front lines of 4 communities across North America, from the Arctic to the American Midwest to an island in the Pacific and explores radical activism through farming and harvesting.
For some, the ability to grow your own food is a luxury, but now people who have been historically pushed to the sidelines are leading us forward and using food to make the world a better place for us all.
Thank you, and don’t forget to support your local farmers!
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the unfair burden shouldered by marginalized people. Overnight, grocery stores were picked clean. Our glaring disconnection from reliable food sources was now undeniable. How are we to feed ourselves when the only source of food we have access to is cleaned out? Food insecurity is something that my community has been dealing with for decades. I am Inuit and my people live in the circumpolar Arctic from Alaska to Greenland. The exorbitant cost of living, coupled with the cost of shipping food to isolated communities comes together to create uncertainty and instability in something we need to do every day: eat. In the Arctic, we must rely on one another, the land, our ancestral teachings, and innovative thinking about food. These are the only ways we can regain our food sovereignty. Food for the Rest of Us was born out of the North. Director Caroline Cox and I collaborated on Wild Kitchen, a doc series that featured people across the Northwest Territories who live in close connection with their food. This regional show opened our eyes to a global community that is doing the very important work of liberation through food. We must follow their lead if we are to have any chance for ourselves and our planet. The truly inspiring people in our film are not alone; I hope you can find people just like them in your own community. Food is medicine, food is politics and now food is activism!