Growing Change

A Journey inside Venezuela’s Food Revolution
Documentary by Simon Cunich

Growing changeAgainst the backdrop of the global food crisis the filmmaker begins a journey to find out how the world will feed itself in the future. The journey takes him into his family¹s past, sees him working on an organic farm but eventually ends him in an unlikely place: the oil-rich South American nation of Venezuela.

After decades of urbanisation, government neglect for agriculture, and dependence on food imports, Venezuela faced a food crisis of its own. In many ways the country was a microcosm of the challenges facing much of the world today.

The documentary takes us through a new food system as it’s being constructed almost from scratch. It’s all part of a country-wide process towards “food sovereignty”, driven by communities and the government. At the core of the process are principles of social justice and sustainability.

On small fishing boats in the Caribbean, with machete-wielding cocoa harvesters in the depths of the jungle and in urban gardens on traffic islands in the overpopulated capital, we go inside Venezuela’s so-called “food revolution”.

This is an inspirational story full of lively characters, thought provoking insights, stunning scenery and ideas to transform the food system.

In this documentary Simon Cunich shows how in Venezuela, from fishing villages to cacao plantations to urban gardens, a growing social movement is showing what¹s possible when communities, not corporations, start to take control of food. Growing Change takes us through a new food system as it’s being constructed almost from scratch ­ meeting farmers who are gaining access to land for the first time and working in cooperatives to break the country¹s reliance on imports.

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