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Indigenous Ecostudies

Resource to support Honors 207

Food sustainability

Slow Food Revolution

2003 52min public performance rights Closed captions available

Speed - the obsession of the modern world - is determining what people should eat and how. Traditional foods are at risk of disappearing forever. An international eco-gastronomic movement known as Slow Food champions the protection of traditional culture, the environment and biodiversity while encouraging regional production, food education and pleasure. For these passionate and dedicated food lovers, sustainability, community and lifestyle are as important as seasonality, quality and taste.

Slow Food Revolution travels around the globe recording this growing phenomenon. First stop is Italy, home of the Slow Food movement, Bronte pistachios, Sorrento lemons and the original Neapolitan tomato. Here, towns such as Orvieto have been declared slow cities, free of fast food outlets, neon and noise.

The film also visits Mexico, where indigenous farming communities have revived ancient ways, cultivating precious vanilla beans and nutritious amaranth.

In Australia, we see increasing interest in Aboriginal knowledge of native “bush tucker” and an expanding school program to reconnect children to the land and its riches. And we are introduced to the Botanical Ark in tropical Queensland, where rare and endangered plants from around the world are grown.


2020 1hr 14min public performance rights Closed captions available Follows the stories of natives on the frontlines of a growing movement to reconnect with spiritual and cultural identities that were devastated by genocide. An indigenous chef embarks on a ambitious project to reclaim ancient food ways on the Apache reservation; in South Dakota a gifted Lakota high school student, raised on a buffalo ranch, is proving her tribes native wisdom through her passion for science; and a group of young men of the Yurok tribe in Northern California are struggling to keep their culture alive and rehabilitate the habitat of their sacred salmon. All these stories combine to show how the reclaiming and recovery of ancient food ways is a way forward for native Americans to bring back health and vitality to their people.