Edible City is a new documentary charting what for some, has become familiar non-fiction territory: that of food politics. In recent years a raft of films looking at organic growing, urban gardening, slow food, agricorps, seed saving and more have contributed to a wider understanding of the complex issues around food (many of these films are listed in Edible City‘s credits). In that regard Edible City holds up to its predecessors, and in a way feels like a compendium to the 2009 doc Fresh. Both films look at urban collective responses to various food crises and social problems and both are narrative-free, opting instead to showcase a series of projects and individuals that inspire in their positive energy and creative hutzpah.
Edible City is a delight to watch. Informative, engaging and altogether optimistic, it captures (with careful camera work and mostly solid editing) moments, manifestations and movements of activists in the US putting the power of food growing and stewardship back into the hands of the people. Wresting the future of humanity’s sustenance from agribusiness seemed at one time like a daunting task, but Edible City shows an infectious yes-we-can! spirit that makes every derelict urban space look like a potential community garden and every pesticide-soaked big food vegetable look like a potential organically-grown healthy and delicious meal.
So sit back and enjoy this week’s FFP, generously made available to you for FREE from the film’s producers and director Andrew Hasse (video after the jump), and if you find your community spirit provoked and your food politics piqued, consider making a donation to help recoup the costs of production.