Food Justice in Focus – Oct 16 & 17

Columbia Legal Services & the Social Justice Film Festival present
Food Justice in Focus |Oct 16-17
FRIDAY, October 16 
Film + Panel Discussion + Exhibit, 6-9 pm, $10

Join us for a community discussion and screening of FOOD CHAIN$, a documentary about the human costs of our food supply. From wages to threats and violence, FOOD CHAIN$ explores the food industry’s treatment of farm workers and the role large buyers play in keeping wages low. The film was executive-produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. Narrated by Forest Whitaker.

Be one of the first to see FRUITS OF JUSTICE,  a short film highlighting a true grassroots movement in Washington’s Skagit Valley. You’ll meet farm workers who formed their own union, Familias Unidas, to seek living-wages and fair treatment in the fields. When management sought to thwart their efforts, the workers responded with protests, boycotts, and social media campaigns and enlisted the help of dedicated public interest lawyers to fight for justice.

Immediately following the screening will be a panel discussion led by FOOD CHAIN$ director Sanjay Rawal, featuring national and local food justice activists and advocates dedicated totackling issues related to fair production and access to healthy food for all.

Feed your mind during intermission with refreshments and the photo exhibition “The Faces of Food Justice” by Audra Mulkern of the Female Farmer Project.
Sanjay Rawal worked for over 15 years as a development consultant on humanitarian projects in over 40 countries while running a small agricultural genetics company with his father. He helped to start a number of foundations for philanthropists, corporations and celebrities and became involved in film after working on the outreach campaign of Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker’s documentary PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL. His last two documentaries OCEAN MONK and CHALLENGING IMPOSSIBILITY have been screened in over 100 countries.


Andrea Schmitt

Immigrant Workers Group,

Columbia Legal Services
  DJ Cavem
Food Justice Activist 

Founder – Eco HipHOP


Emma Zavala-Suarez, J.D.
Board Chair

Community 2 Community for Development

SATURDAY, October 17
12:30-9 pm, All Films by Suggested Donation 
More fresh voices on food! Browse food-justice exhibits and watch contemporary films that explore:
  • Waste in our food system
  • Animal poaching in Puget Sound and in Africa
  • International aid: Does it help?
  • Living wages for food workers
  • Farmworker resistance in Honduras
  • Fair-trade cocoa farming
Feature-length movies include:

Link to new videoBehind the scenes of our national and global food system are overlooked communities of low-income farm workers who harvest our produce and tend to livestock; food processors who warehouse, prepare and package; and food servers who ensure the seamless continuum of consumption. The process from farm to table is complex. With increasing awareness about the environmental, economic, and social costs of food production and food security, consumers, policy makers, and whole communities are asking questions about food fairness and sustainability. We are excited to join the Social Justice Film Festival to present this evening of films and community discussion around food justice, and we hope you will join us at the table.

Aurora Martin

Columbia Legal Services


Sonata Capital Group

Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore Hamburger

4CultureSeattle Office of Arts & Culture

University Christian Church

The Seattle Globalist    Seattle International Foundation