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Conversations About Food - a film festival

Updated: Nov 2, 2017

This winter East Anglian Land Workers Alliance in association with Norwich Farmshare presents ‘Conversations about Food’, a series of films about sustainable agriculture. We present five films about growing food and the farmers, chefs and the communities who are leading the way in creating new agricultural systems that care for the environment, provide nutrient dense food and provide a fair wage for farmers.

After each film there will be discussion time for people to share ideas and experiences and build our social capacity for change. We want these films to lead to a real change in how people think about food in east Anglia and beyond.

Gracie’s Backyard, Thursday Nov 2nd, 9pm, Cinema City Norwich

Gracie's Backyard is a documentary film that offers a candid look into the daily life of the world’s northernmost commercial permaculture farm through the eyes of the people who live and work there. Located at 59°N in rural Sweden, Ridgedale Permaculture is a 10-hectare farm that integrates several enterprises while offering an example of how holistic design can help pave the way to a new model of food production that is small-scale, profitable and regenerative for the land.

Using the Our Screen platform to secure a screening of this film at Cinema City in Norwich this promises to be a great start to the festival. Tickets are £11 each.

Ticket prices for the following films:

  • £2 a ticket per film, adults

  • £1 a ticket, under 15s

  • Free for under 5s

  • £5 for 4 films (excluding Gracie’s Backyard)

  • £5 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for one night

We advise you to email us to reserve places. For film 2 the capacity is 40 people, for films 3,4 and 5 it is 50.

Please email to reserve places. Tickets will be provided with payment on the night. Further information and updates can be found at

Sustainable, Sun Nov 12th, 5pm

The Kinda Kafe, 21 Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3DH

A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

In Our Hands, Sun Dec 3rd, 5pm

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Ln, Norwich NR2 1EW

"Our current industrial food system is a vast giant, propped up by an out dated subsidy regime that pays out to landowners and leaves many farmers adrift in its wake.

But ... from the hedgerows and by-roads, in the fields and furrows can be heard the stirring of change.

Stories of struggle from the global South have spread like pollen on the wind and inspired farmers around us. They have learned of the idea of food sovereignty and have heard of a global movement to take back control of the food system. A new agricultural landscape is emerging, one that will bring back life to the soil, a fair wage to the farmer and a flavour to the tomato.

During the summer of the Brexit referendum, The Landworkers' Alliance and Black Bark Films decided to unearth the farms and farmers that are making this change happen.

We stand on the brink, the future is uncertain, but the seeds of a better food system are In Our Hands!

Sun Jan 7th, 5pm

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Ln, Norwich NR2 1EW

Choice of films - email us your preference or we’ll decide on the night!

Seed: The Untold Story or

In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy.

Symphony of the soil

An artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time.

Queen of the Sun

Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Polyfaces, Sun Feb 4th, 5pm

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Ln, Norwich NR2 1EW

As the problems of the world become more and more complex, the solutions become clear and simple.” One Australian family spend their life savings and travel to the USA, spending 4 years documenting a style of farming that will help change the fate of humanity!

Set amidst the stunning Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, ‘Polyface Farm’ is led by “the world’s most innovative farmer” (TIME) and uses no chemicals and feeds over 6,000 families and many restaurants and food outlets within a 3 hour ‘foodshed’ of their farm.

‘Polyfaces’ is a joyful film about connecting to the land and the community. Produced over 4 years it follows the Salatins, a 4th generation farming family who do ‘everything different to everyone else’ as they produce food in a way that works with nature, not against it. Using the symbiotic relationships of animals and their natural functions, they produce high quality, nutrient-dense products.

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Oct 30, 2017

Only 3 days left to book your tickets for Gracie's Backyard and there are only 21 tickets remaining. Please spread the word as we want as many people to join the discussion afterwards as possible. Ten days later will see a screening of Sustainable at the Kinda Kafe on Nov 12th at 5pm. Please email to reserve tickets for Sustainable as the venue only has a capacity of 40 and those who have reserved places will get priority. We're very excited about these first two films and are looking forward to hearing from people from around East Anglia about how we can improve control over our food in the region.


Oct 26, 2017

Only 7 days until the Conversations about Food film festival starts with the second film following on shortly afterwards on November 12th. The first two films are going to be a real treat. Gracie's Backyard takes an in-depth look at Richard Perkins and Yohanna Amselem's commercial permaculture farm in Sweden and listens to the people who were working there over the course of a year. Although the farm has seen big changes in the way it is run since the film was made, this is one of the best models of how a permaculture farm can be run on a profitable basis.

The second film, Sustinable, hears the spine tingling stories of how local farmers and chefs are coming together…

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