Food, Clothing and Shelter Fest

2nd Annual Food, Clothing & Shelter Fest

Saturday, May 14 at the Land Trust, 12:00 noon-11:00 pm

 

It has been three years since the release of Ebrima Ba’s film Food, Clothing & Shelter, which won first place at the 2013 Urban Media Makers Film Festival in the Documentary Film category. The 40-minute film highlights the lack of food security in Atlanta and around the world, focusing on homegrown, do-it-yourself solutions.

 

“At that time, I had no intention to follow up with another film,” Ebrima says. “I thought after all those years of hard work, my job was done. My conscience told me, you did great, producing an award-winning film. But what are you going to do now? Run somewhere and sell the film, or are you going to follow through with another film? I decided to follow through.”

 

Ebrima’s sequel, Food, Clothing & Shelter: The Ripple Effect, makes its debut on Saturday, May 14 at the 2nd annual Food, Clothing & Shelter Fest, hosted by the Lake Claire Community Land Trust. The Fest begins at noon, featuring food, music, and agriculture, with speakers, farmers, local artists, great local bands and DJs, just like last year. At 8:30 pm, when the sky grows dark enough, festival-goers will enjoy projected photography of Atlanta from street journalist Brent Walker, author of The Hidden South. The premiere showing of The Ripple Effect will be the festival’s grand finale.

 

Ebrima is a native African who was amazed to find that many people in the U.S. go hungry because they do not know how to grow food. “Any community of people that depends or relies on handouts or aid from others will lose its self-worth and dignity,” Ebrima says. In addition to educating people about the issue, he has also founded an urban farm in Stone Mountain.

 

The Ripple Effect is based on the Dogon Creation story, how the art of agriculture and other life civilizing skills were brought forth by our ancestors from the heavens,” the filmmaker explains. “In Atlanta we are creating holistic environmental sustainability as the cultural norm, in the form of urban farms, and it has become a ‘ripple effect’ with more and more urban farms in Atlanta.”

 

For more information about the two films, the festival, and the farm, contact him at rootsofchange@gmail.com.

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