Narrated by Darryl Hannah
Plant This Movie presents a
comprehensive look at the evolution and growing impact of the
international urban agriculture movement -- from cities across the
United States to diverse countries around the world.
leading urban farming advocates, the film explores the inspiring success
story of Cuba, and travels globally to communities of urban farmers in
Shanghai, Calcutta, Addis Ababa, London, and Lima.
In the US, the
film visits innovative projects in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles,
Berkeley, Philadelphia and Portland – including the largest rooftop
garden in the world, blighted areas transformed into urban farms,
student-run gardens and CSA, and other projects that show the explosion
of creative local efforts.
The film begins by tracing the
evolution of the household yard in America from a necessary source for
food to the ubiquitous lawn, now the # 1 irrigated urban crop. After
the highly productive Victory Gardens of WWII, the country moved rapidly
to a more centralized food system, and people became divorced from the
source of their food.
As Plant This Movie vividly
illustrates, the ingredients for scaling up urban farming and
reconnecting people to the food we eat are now all around us. The
movement provides hope that people across the nation and the world will
once again have access to healthier, locally grown food, using the land
near where they live as a primary source.
Reviews & Awards"Highly Recommended. Visits gardening sites across the world where urban gardeners are successful raising fish, vegetables and fruits. The information presented is valid and accurate as it portrays farming of yesteryear to now. The message is clear -- urban gardens do work to produce fresh food as they did in the past."
- Science Books and Films (AAAS)
"Recommended. Aims to explore the evolution of our relationship with food and the wasted space and resource that is the 21st century lawn. This documentary is lot about returning. A return to victory gardens and having a closer relationship to the food we eat. A return to health, community, and nature as an answer to a number of social ills."
–Educational Media Reviews Online
"Weaves the web of connections between many of the social and environmental problems we face today, and shows that their solution lies in the empowering creative joy of growing our own food."
– Chris Summerville, Lecturer, Sustainability & Literature, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan.
Portland Film Festival
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
FICMA Environmental Film Festival,
African, Asian, and Latin American Film Festival
New Urbanism Film Festival
Midwest Urban Farmers Summit