Special Event in Conjunction with One Book, One Belmont

This year the Belmont Public Library's "One Book One Belmont" chose Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which describes her family’s adventures eating locally-produced food for one year, relying in part on food they grew or raised on their farm in southern Appalachia.

Monday, October 5 | 7:O0 PM


USA, not yet rated, 52 minutes

Shown with Hot Bread Kitchen (USA, 5 minutes) & Vive La Food (USA, 20 minutes)

Scene from "Homegrown"

Jules Dervaes grows 6000 pounds of produce on 1/5 of an acre in the film "Homegrown"

HOMEGROWN follows the Dervaes family who turns their yard into a small organic farm in the heart of urban Pasadena, California. While "living off the grid", they harvest over 6,000 pounds of produce on less than a quarter of an acre, make their own bio diesel, power their computers with the help of solar panels, and maintain a website that gets 4,000 hits a day. The film is an intimate human portrait of what it's like to live like "Little House on the Prairie" in the 21st Century.

HOT BREAD KITCHEN is a documentary about the nonprofit company of the same name headed by Jessamyn Waldman, a social entrepreneur. Waldman hires immigrant women to bake bread from their native recipes to sell on the competitive market — giving them a real chance at launching new lives.

VIVE LA FOOD is a fun and fascinating portrait of two French chefs who followed their dreams by moving to Sacramento, California. The film explores the experience of the immigrant adapting to a new country, and conversely how another culture brings "wealth" to the host country, as well as brings into sharp contrast how the fast food industry has brought uniformity to food in the US.

Speaker: Jules Dervaes, subject of the film HOMEGROWN, via satellite

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All films are shown at the Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont, Massachusetts, unless specified.

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