Guam - The Guam Humanities Council is hosting a film forum series in the next two weeks, hoping to get the discussion going not only on environmental sustainability but cultural sustainability, as well. Starting November 29, the Guam Humanities Council begins its film forum series as part of its eco-literacy project titled "I Tano Yan I Tasi - Land and Sea".
Executive director Kimberlee Kihleng says the film series is the final component of the project, telling KUAM News, "So obviously the project is all about ecology and sustainability and how to really promote it in our island community. The project really focuses on the important connection between food, health, culture and the environment."
The first screening is for a documentary titled "Food Fight". Marketing and programs coordinator Monaeka Flores said the film is, "A documentary that takes a look at the local foods movement in California and how chefs were really at the forefront of that movement and how it all comes to taste. And looking for things that tasted good they found that the best things were local usually organic things, and so this sparked a food revolution really."
Flores adds using film allows a more accessible format in discussing sustainability along with looking at the foods we eat in a very different way. The film meanwhile will connect and bring to light Guam's 'Buy Local' movement. "Not only do you benefit the local economy by buying locally, it's also better for the environment. There's less fossil fuels being used, you're not shipping things far away and as we know, most of your foods are imported."
The film screening will have expert panelists on hand to answer any questions along with featuring foods using local products and eco-friendly supplies. The screening starts at 6pm this Thursday at the Tamuning Community Center and is a free event. A second film, "Bag It" investigating plastic and their effects in our environment will show on December 11, as well.