“Food Chains” returns to Gainesville

The Alachua County Labor Coalition, the Civic Media Center and the Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice will host a screening of the documentary “Food Chains” at the Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St., Monday, January 19, at 7pm. This showing is to accommodate the over 50 people who were turned away at the inaugural screening because of the unanticipated overwhelming community response and the previous venue selling out days in advance.

“Food Chains” weaves together the stirring true stories of an intrepid group of farmworkers working to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry, revealing the rampant abuse of farm laborers in the United States. “Food Chains” exposes the human costs in our food supply chain and the complicity of the supermarket industry. The film focuses on the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a highly inspiring group of farm workers in the tomato industry from Immokalee, Florida who are revolutionizing the food industry.

Through the Campaign for Fair Food, the CIW has been able to build a national alliance of conscious, mobilized consumers, and over the course of the last decade, successfully pressure the major corporate buyers of Florida tomatoes to address the abuses in their supply chains.

President Bill Clinton called the CIW’s Fair Food Program “the most astonishing thing politically happening in the world we’re living in today,” as he presented the CIW with the 2014 Global Citizen Award.

The CIW has also been recognized with the 2013 Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Want Medal, the 2007 Anti-Slavery International of London Anti-Slavery Award and the 2003 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, among other awards.

“Food Chains” is executive produced by Eva Longoria, and includes commentary by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Eric Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation” producer), and is narrated by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker.

Free. Donations accepted.

View the Trailer for the film at:  http://vimeo.com/40126039. You can also see the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1577388912498110/.

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