First We Eat

Available until June 6 - Includes Q&A)

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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:To Conserve & Protect
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Suzanne Crocker
Producer(s):Suzanne Crocker
Editor(s):Michael Brockington
Caroline Christie
Astrid Schau-Larsen
Writer(s):Suzanne Crocker
Cinematography:Suzanne Crocker
Story Editor(s):Nettie Wild
Composer:Corb Lund
Alex Houghton
Jesse Cooke
Marieke Hiensch
Andrew Laviolette
Sound:David Parfit


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Winner—Rogers Audience Award

To Conserve & Protect: Fighting for and collaborating with the planet

When filmmaker Suzanne Crocker (director of 2015 Hot Docs audience favourite All the Time in the World) suggests that her family spend a year eating only locally sourced food, her husband and three teenagers are skeptical. What complicates this experiment is that the family lives in a remote Yukon town,less than 300 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle—not exactly an easy place to access fresh-grown food all year round. First We Eat follows Suzanne and her family as they hunt, forage, fish, grow and raise their own food, struggling along the way to create a meal plan with variety and flavour. In perhaps the most bizarre effort to inject some seasoning into her cooking, Suzanne even dries human blood to use as salt. Filmed primarily by the director herself, this challenging look at food security and sustainability is also an intimate study of a family in the midst of a tough but rewarding experiment. Aisha Jamal

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

Co-presented with Planet in Focus.


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