Saturday, April 14, 2012
Grown in Detroit. A Documentary.
Cinematography by Suzan van Steenwijk. Filmmij AKA Mascha and Manfred Poppenk are the Dutch filmmakers behind this doc. They met in Africa, where they shot the wildlife film 'Serengeti Symphony'.
Grown in Detroit focuses on the urban gardening efforts managed by a public school of 300, mainly African-American, pregnant and parenting teenagers. As part of the curriculum, the girls are taught agricultural skills on the school's own farm located in what used to be the playground. The young mothers learn to become knowledgeable about the importance of nutritional foods, the process by which these foods arrive at their plates, and to become self-empowered through the process of farming. Urban farming is an effective solution for Detroit... as industrial models fail, this is a sustainable model to be replicated in other North American cities.
'Pay what you want' to watch this beautifully inspiring film and you'll have on-line access to the doc for 24hrs: grownindetroitmovie.com