Food for Change

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Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Film begins at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is $3-$5.

Presented by Mississippi Market Co-op, The Wedge & Linden Hills Co-op, and Valley Natural Foods.

Celebrate Co-op Month this October at a film screening of Food for Change. This 82-minute documentary tracks the ups and downs of cooperatives since the Great Depression through rare archival footage, animation, graphics, and interviews with renowned cooperative leaders. Co-ops are organizing screenings to educate their members and the public about the nation’s longest surviving alternative economic system—a social movement based on principles of cooperation. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the important role food co-ops throughout the country have played in affecting dynamic social and economic change over the past century.

After the screening, director and producer Steve Alves, an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and member of the Franklin Community Co-op in Greenfield, Mass., will lead a Q&A session with film screening participants. Alves, who narrates the film he directed, sees the story’s theme of cooperation as particularly relevant to today’s political climate. “It’s American history, from the Great Depression to the present, with co-ops as the protagonist,” says Alves. “Food co-ops introduced whole and organic foods to the American diet in the 1970s; today they are the champions of local food systems.”
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