Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Place at the Table Films Combine Food and Thought

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 5:37 AM

A still from the film A Thousand Suns, about agriculture in the Ethiopian highlands, where people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years.
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  • A still from the film "A Thousand Suns," about agriculture in the Ethiopian highlands, where people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years.
This summer, Martha Stamps and Good Food for Good People join forces for the second year of A Place at the Table supper and film series at West End Methodist church, 2200 West End Ave., exploring individual topics in the larger quest for a "new" food system.

This Wednesday, June 22, arrive at 5:30 p.m. and head for the church's west lawn to buy local organically raised foods from Good Food for Good People (or sign up for a weekly market basket at goodfoodforgoodpeople.org

Then join others for an Ethiopian-inspired dinner menu prepared with produce, eggs, cheese and chickens supplied by Good Food for Good People.

Chicken with berbere spices
Chickpea and sweet potato stew
Tomato, cucumber, and sweet onion salad
Wilted kale with yogurt cheese
Ethiopian flatbread
Spiced honey bread, blueberries and cream

Then see the 30-minute film "A Thousand Suns," an encouraging look at the unique relationship between the Gamo people of the Ethiopian highlands and the land around them. Go here to download a fact sheet and discussion guide to accompany the film.

The cost for dinner and the movie is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Call 321-8500 for reservations. Here's a link to the video (but watch the film at Wednesday's screening to better enjoy the magnificent sweep of the landscape).

From the film's press release:

"A Thousand Suns" tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.

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