Food On Film: From Below + Panel
Tue 18 Apr 2023
Rating 18 CTBA
£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s
From Below, is a documentary that showcases the mutual aid and grassroots community action that helped feed and comfort the vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.
The film focuses on specific towns and cities across England and speaks to how community action can be supported in order to help people in future crises, both of the climate and of the economy. The film will be introduced by Dr Oli Mould from Royal Holloway who was the lead researcher on the film.
From Below is part of a broader research project, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. Details about the project and further outputs can be found at mutualaid.uk.
The film will be followed by a discussion about mutual aid and community action that will include members of various local community groups that work with food. The panel will be hosted by Dr Oli Mould from Royal Holloway who researches urban creativity, activism and politics and Dr Celia Plender from the University of Exeter who looks at grassroots food cooperatives and community organising.
FOOD ON FILM: IN FOUR SEASONS
Spring // working together
In the spring season, we will be looking at working together to make, grow, buy and campaign about food. We start with the family favourite RATATOUILLE (14th-16th April) which sees an enterprising rat who has a passion for cooking learn the value of collaboration as he goes on a journey to become a top Paris chef with the help of friends and family.
We then move to the UK to look into the role of community mutual aid groups in getting food to people during the pandemic with the documentary FROM BELOW (18th April).
We finish by exploring how English farmers are working together through the Landworkers’ Alliance and the international food sovereignty movement to foster agricultural practices based on working more closely with nature through the documentary IN OUR HANDS (25th April).
Both documentaries will be accompanied by panel discussions with food growers, community groups and researchers. There will also be the opportunity to get hands on with a pickling workshop from JarSquad (25th April) and a site visit to Exeter Growers Co-operative.