The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) of which IFOAM - Organics International is a charter member will be showing the documentary film "Gather" in its virtual cinema. The film will be available for free from December 4 to 12 in their portal.
Gather (8 September 2020, 74 min.) is a documentary film that captures the growing movement among Indigenous Americans to reclaim sovereignty over their ancestral food systems. Through moving portraits of four Indigenous Americans at the forefront of this field, the New York Times Critic’s Pick explores the interlinkages between food and cultural and spiritual identities and how the impacts of colonisation on Indigenous relationships with food can be reversed.
Join the live interview with Sanjay Rawal, Gather's director
The story of food systems is similar across the histories of many countries and cultures – of colonization being the turning point at which Indigenous peoples’ harmonized use of endemic food sources was thrown wildly off-balance. Food was suddenly transformed from a centerpiece of tradition, identity, and spirituality into a means of development, currency and oppression.
Now, as the risks and pitfalls of global food and agriculture systems are becoming ever more apparent, so too are the health, sustainability and social benefits of native food practices. The documentary film Gather, released in September of this year and a New York Times Critic’s Pick, examines and celebrates this reclamation of food sovereignty in the U.S. specifically, weaving together the stories of a White Mountain Apache chef, a 17-year-old Cheyenne River Sioux food scientist, a Yurok salmon fisherman, and a San Carlos Apache forager and medicine woman.
In this GLF Live on 8 December at 17:00 CET / 11:00 EST, Gather director and Indigenous rights activist Sanjay Rawal will discuss how this Indigenous food movement is seeing new life breathed into in ancient practices around the world, and how this can and should feed into the future of humanity’s relationship with food.