Detroit film festival explores key issues


The Detroit Waldorf school will raise awareness on key issues concerning childhood, the environment, our food systems and Detroit during its film festival Oct. 8-9. Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at the door (per day) and can be purchased at http://www.detroitwaldorf.org. Tickets for a specific series can be purchased for $5 in advance/$10 at the door. Attendees must be at least 18 years old to attend. Below are the films being screened:

DETROIT

"Regional Roots," 7 p.m. Oct. 9

Covers 300 years of history and uses the immigrant experience as an introduction to the diverse landscape of Detroit. From the earliest French and German settlers to today's growing communities, immigrants continue to shape the region in pursuit of the American Dream. Site: http://www.dwiff.org.

"Grown in Detroit," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9

Focuses on the urban gardening efforts managed by a public school of 300, mainly African-American, pregnant and parenting teenagers. This school is one of three located in the U.S. As part of the curriculum, the girls are taught agricultural skills on the school's own farm located behind the school building. The young mothers are learning by farming to become more independent women and knowledgeable about the importance of nutritional foods. Site: http://grownindetroit.filmmij.nl.

CHILDHOOD

"Play Again," 6 p.m. Oct. 8

At a time when children spend more time in the virtual world than the natural world, "Play Again" unplugs a group of media-savvy teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure, documenting the wonder that comes from time spent in nature and inspiring action for a sustainable future. Site: http://www.groundproductions.com.

"Race to Nowhere," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8

This film is inspired by a concerned mother turned filmmaker who aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children's lives. Site: http://www.racetonowhere.com.

ENVIRONMENT

"Chemerical," 10 a.m. Oct. 9

Tackles household cleansers and chemical-based hygiene products. Writer/director Andrew Nisker helps an "average" Canadian family to start living their lives free from harmful chemicals and other toxic substances. Site: http://www.chemicalnation.com.

"Garbage!" 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9

A feature documentary about how the family household has become one of the most ferocious environmental predators of our time. Site: http://www.garbagerevolution.com.

FOOD SYSTEM

"Homegrown Revolution," 2 p.m. Oct. 9

Follows the Dervaes family who run a small organic farm in the heart of urban Pasadena, Calif. While "living off the grid," they harvest over 6,000 pounds of produce on less than a quarter of an acre, make their own bio diesel and power their computers with the help of solar panels. Site: http://www.homegrownrevolution.com.

"Fresh," 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9

"Fresh" celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Site: http://www.freshthemovie.com.

"One Man One Cow One Planet," 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9

What does an environmentally friendly biodynamic food system capable of feeding everyone actually look like? This film is a blueprint for a post-industrial future. It takes you into the heart of the world's most important renaissance. Site: http://onemanonecow.com.

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