Meat the Future presents a timely case for “cultivated” meat, a food science that grows real meat from animal cells in a controlled and clean environment. This revolution in food production proposes a sustainable way to feed the world in the future without the need to breed, raise, and slaughter animals. Canada, 2020, 90 minutes Director: Liz Marshall Distributor: MET Film Sales Note: Recommended for Grades10-12. Nourish Nova Scotia will host a 25-minute moderated session for students following the screening…

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The Big Picture Program: Meat the Future – IN PERSON

Meat the Future presents a timely case for “cultivated” meat, a food science that grows real meat from animal cells in a controlled and clean environment. This revolution in food production proposes a sustainable way to feed the world in the future without the need to breed, raise, and slaughter animals. Canada, 2020, 90 minutes Director: Liz Marshall Distributor: MET Film Sales Note: Recommended for Grades 10-12. Nourish Nova Scotia will host a 25-minute moderated session for students following the…

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The Big Picture Program: Meat the Future – ONLINE

Meat the Future presents a timely case for “cultivated” meat, a food science that grows real meat from animal cells in a controlled and clean environment. This revolution in food production proposes a sustainable way to feed the world in the future without the need to breed, raise, and slaughter animals. Canada, 2020, 90 minutes Director: Liz Marshall Distributor: MET Film Sales Note: Recommended for Grades 10-12. Nourish Nova Scotia will host a 25-minute moderated session for students following the…

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The Big Picture Program: Meat the Future – VIRTUAL CLASS

We are on the brink of an ecological catastrophe. Due to pollution, and with climate change compounding the situation, cyanobacteria are growing more than ever. Toxic blooms now occur in lakes, rivers, dams, and lagoons all over the world. Meanwhile, diseases linked to this bacteria — such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s — are increasing in many countries. USA, 2017, 82 minutes Director: Bo Landin Distributor: Gunpowder & Sky Note: Recommended for Grades 9-12. Nourish Nova Scotia will host a…

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The Big Picture Program: Toxic Puzzle – IN PERSON

We are on the brink of an ecological catastrophe. Due to pollution, and with climate change compounding the situation, cyanobacteria are growing more than ever. Toxic blooms now occur in lakes, rivers, dams, and lagoons all over the world. Meanwhile, diseases linked to this bacteria — such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s — are increasing in many countries. USA, 2017, 82 minutes Director: Bo Landin Distributor: Gunpowder & Sky Note: Recommended for Grades 9-12. Nourish Nova Scotia will host a…

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The Big Picture Program: Toxic Puzzle – ONLINE

When the Swallows Fly In a small rural village, a young boy befriends Fernand and Andrée, a farmer couple who, at 80 years old, find themselves having trouble feeding their remaining livestock. Belgium, 2022, 19 minutes Director: Sébastien Pins Transfarmation Sarah Heiligtag has helped transform over 80 farms in Switzerland and Europe into vegan sanctuaries. USA, 2022, 6 minutes Directors: Thomas Machowicz & Sabina Diethelm In Love with a Problem Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao were still in high school…

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The Big Picture Shorts Program – IN PERSON

When the Swallows Fly In a small rural village, a young boy befriends Fernand and Andrée, a farmer couple who, at 80 years old, find themselves having trouble feeding their remaining livestock. Belgium, 2022, 19 minutes Director: Sébastien Pins Transfarmation Sarah Heiligtag has helped transform over 80 farms in Switzerland and Europe into vegan sanctuaries. USA, 2022, 6 minutes Directors: Thomas Machowicz & Sabina Diethelm In Love with a Problem Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao were still in high school…

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The Big Picture Shorts Program – ONLINE

This charming film chronicles several years in the life of a family farm, through thick and thin, delving into conventional versus organic farming in the most open and honest way. Canada, 2017, 87 minutes Director: Katharina Stieffenhofer Distributor: Katharina Stieffenhofer Note: Recommended for Grades 9-12. Nourish Nova Scotia will host a 25-minute moderated session for students following the screening of this film. Sponsored by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, Nourish Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada

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The Big Picture Program: From Seed to Seed – IN PERSON

This charming film chronicles several years in the life of a family farm, through thick and thin, delving into conventional versus organic farming in the most open and honest way. Canada, 2017, 87 minutes Director: Katharina Stieffenhofer Distributor: Katharina Stieffenhofer Note: Recommended for Grades 9-12. Nourish Nova Scotia will host a 25-minute moderated session for students following the screening of this film. Sponsored by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, Nourish Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada

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The Big Picture Program: From Seed to Seed – ONLINE

Homard au Coeur A quirky and lovable fisherman fights to keep his livelihood through years of illness. Canada, 2022, 3 minutes Director: Jenna Marks Nosh-up “Cooking is caring,” says my mother while she enthusiastically juggles pots and pans preparing a family meal. Portugal, 2022, 12 minutes Director: Mafalda Salgueiro Wrought A stunning visual exploration of matter in various states of microbial transformation begs fundamental questions about human cultures’ complicated relationships with other species. Canada, 2021, 19 minutes Directors: Joel Penner…

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Animated Shorts

“The smell of money.” That’s what Big Pork calls the stench of pig waste in the air in eastern North Carolina, where much of the world’s bacon and barbecue is made. But to Elsie Herring and others who live near the state’s giant pig factories, the revolting odour is a call to battle against generations of injustice. USA, 2022, 84 minutes Director: Shawn Bannon Distributor: Beyond the Pines Invisible Invisible follows two undercover investigators, “Emily” and “Sarah” (names changed to…

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The Smell of Money w/Invisible

The voice of the independent restaurateur is seldom heard, yet the restaurant industry is the second largest employer in the United States and the heart of any city. In the summer of 2020, when restaurants are doubly hit hard by COVID-19 and the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, Chef Elizabeth Falkner sets out across the country to check in with her renowned chef and restaurateur colleagues. Former restaurant owner, award-winning chef, and lifelong activist, she wants to know how they…

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Devour! Opening Gala Film: Sorry We’re Closed

Every year, 700 pilot whales are slaughtered on the Faroe Islands, despite the protests of animal rights activists. The fjord’s water, surrounded by stunning green mountains, is turning blood red. It is the “Grind” season again — Faroe Islanders’ ritual slaughter of pilot whales. Two proud Faroese whalers are on one side, two young and passionate Sea Shepherd activists on the other. A Taste of Whale invites you to see past preconceived positions and question what meat-eating is truly about….

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A Taste of Whale w/Bacon ‘n Laces

The End of Medicine exposes the link between our treatment of animals and emerging health threats such as pandemics and antimicrobial resistance. The film sheds light on the largely overlooked impending medical threat warned by CDC and WHO experts, and investigates the role animals play in disease outbreaks and the end of medicine as we know it. USA, 2022, 70 minutes Director: Alex Lockwood Distributor: Lockwood Film Hide Three interconnected stories behind a single fur coat, from the trapper who…

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The End of Medicine w/Hide

Before the Food Network and social media, Chef Charlie Trotter revolutionized global cuisine. He was a rockstar among the first generation of celebrity chefs, but his meteoric rise came at a price. With exclusive access to never-before-seen archival material, Love, Charlie reveals how his pursuit of excellence ultimately consumed him, with devastating consequences. Sponsored by Mara Renewables Corp Director Rebecca Halpern, producer Renée Frigo, and Chef Norm Van Aken will be in attendance and will participate in a post-screening Q&A…

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Spotlight Gala: Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter

Having escaped starvation and tyranny in their homeland of Zimbabwe, four refugees have conquered the odds to become South Africa’s top sommeliers. Driven by relentless optimism, a passion for their craft, and unshakeable national pride, they form Zimbabwe’s first-ever wine tasting team and set their sights on the coveted title of “World Wine-Tasting Champions”. From the moment they arrive in France to compete, this team of mavericks turns an establishment of privilege and tradition on its head. Australia, 2021, 96…

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Blind Ambition w/Same Old

How did the willful daughter of a Himalayan forest conservator become Monsanto’s worst nightmare? The Seeds of Vandana Shiva tells the remarkable life story of Gandhian eco-activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, how she stood up to the corporate goliaths of industrial agriculture, rose to prominence in the seed saving and organic food movements, and is inspiring an international crusade for change. Australia, 2021, 82 minutes Directors: James Becket & Camilla Becket Distributor: ROCO films Hearth of the Lion Hearth of the…

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The Seeds of Vandana Shiva w/Hearth of the Lion

Big Water Summer: A Creation Story Cherilyn Yazzie grew up in the Navajo Nation, and after years of working in public health, she has returned to her ancestral land to grow produce for her community. As a social worker, she tired of telling kids to eat healthy when that was often impossible: There are 13 grocery stores on the Navajo Nation, a reservation that is over 27,000 square miles. USA, 2022, 15 minutes Director: Sophie Harris Surviving Fortress This is…

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Farm Shorts Program

In a small village in the countryside of Naples, a humble family of farmers, led by Cosimo and his wife Rosaria, obstinately refuse to let their land become a dump for toxic waste, in spite of the threats and repercussions by members of the Camorra (mafia syndicate). Italy, 2017, 103 minutes Director: Diego Olivares Distributor: MovieItaly She Got Balls!  The Annual South Philly Meatball Contest will never be the same when chef Jennifer Zavala shows up to compete with her…

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Veleno w/She Got Balls!

“This film is an endeavour to consider cows. To move us closer to them. To see both their beauty and the challenge of their lives. Not in a romantic way but in a real way. It’s a film about one dairy cow’s reality and acknowledging her great service to us. When I look at Luma, our cow, I see the whole world in her.” – Andrea Arnold UK, 2021, 98 minutes Director: Andrea Arnold Distributor: levelFILM Nourished Lands: Silla Flaherty…

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Cow w/Silla Flaherty – The Thrill of the Hunt

Deep in the mountains of Montana, Idaho, and Oregon, a diverse group of Southeast Asian refugees, Latino immigrants, and white Americans harvest wild mushrooms for the restaurants of the world. But despite the sustainability of the harvest, these independent workers are repeatedly denied access to public lands. A gorgeous and immersive documentary, Up on the Mountain exposes inequities in natural resources policies, as well as the resourcefulness of the communities who depend on them. USA, 2022, 84 minutes Director: Olivier…

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Up on the Mountain w/My Mom’s Eggplant Sauce

In March 2012, Syrian migrants began flooding many parts of the world, including the impoverished Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, searching for work and a temporary respite from the beginnings of civil unrest. Shot over an unparalleled decade, Lebanese-Syrian director Noura Kevorkian follows the plight of Maria and her community of Syrian migrant workers who, after toiling for decades in Lebanon’s fertile Bekaa Valley, find themselves unable to return to their hometown of Raqqa, Syria. Canada/Lebanon/Qatar, 2022, 126 minutes Director: Noura…

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Batata w/Chicatanas

A famous rapper, disillusioned with the music industry and the pressures of being a celebrity, leaves the city and his career behind to find himself in a small-town farming community. USA, 2021, 95 minutes Director: Diego Ongaro Distributor: Sony Pictures International Nourished Lands: Joseph Shawana – Food is Life Chef Joseph Shawana explores his culinary journey, addressing the significance his youth and heritage played in it. For Joseph, ‘food is life’, demonstrating that it is readily available all around us,…

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Down with the King w/Joseph Shawana – Food is Life

Reinvigoration and culinary exploration are what drive both Argentinian Chef Mauro Colagreco and this documentary about his life. Reinventing Mirazur tells the story of Colagreco and the bold and “stateless” food for which he has received worldwide acclaim. However, just as he’s established himself as the best working chef in the world, something unexpected happens: His three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Mirazur, is forced to shutter along, as the COVID-19 pandemic rattles the restaurant industry. With his culinary vision reinvigorated, Colagreco and his…

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Reinventing Mirazur w/Bitter Taste

The debut feature of So Yun Um is a moving personal film about immigrant dreams and generational divides. It follows So and her friend Danny, both “liquor store babies”, whose Korean parents made the best of limited opportunities by running liquor stores in Los Angeles. So explores her own dreams of a filmmaking career, a mystery to her bemused but supportive father. USA, 2022, 82 minutes Director: So Yun Um Distributor: The Film Sales Company Wok Hei A first-generation Asian-Canadian…

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Liquor Store Dreams w/Wok Hei

When Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher wrote about food, she also wrote about eccentricity, intimacy, and desire, about change, endurance, and survival. M.F.K. Fisher’s work laid the foundation of modern literary food writing.  The Art of Eating traces the remarkable life of this vibrant, sensual writer, and explores the impact of her ideas on food and its meaning in our lives. USA, 2022, 85 minutes Director: Gregory Bezat Distributor: Bezat Video Group The Mother’s Seat Believing that she has received a…

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The Art of Eating: The Life and Appetites of MFK Fisher w/The Mother’s Seat

In a small town located on the island of Mallorca, Anna and Marina, two sisters who were separated when they were teenagers, meet again to sell a bakery they’ve inherited from a mysterious woman. The two sisters have led very different lives: Anna has barely left the island and is unhappily married, while Marina travels the world as a doctor for an NGO. As the sisters try to uncover the secrets hidden behind their enigmatic benefactor and her property, they…

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Lemon and Poppyseed Cake w/Hope You Fail

Cathy, a headstrong 40-year-old sous chef, is finally about to fulfill her lifelong dream by opening her own restaurant. But nothing goes as planned. Facing serious financial difficulties, she reluctantly accepts a job in the cafeteria of a shelter for young migrants, run by Lorenzo. While she’s frustrated by her new position, Cathy’s skills and passion for cuisine start to change the kids’ lives. And they also have a lot to teach her… France, 2021, 97 minutes Director: Louis-Julien Petit…

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Closing Gala Film: The Kitchen Brigade w/The Best Chef in the World