Beijing Community Dinners Presents – Movie Nights

Want to watch interesting documentaries with interesting people who want to learn more about the world around us? Join BCD at their regular monthly “Movie Nights”!

Dates:

Friday September 4th: Growing Changes

Tuesday October 6th : Unwasted by Dr. Mercola
Tuesday November 3rd: Surviving Progress by  Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks
Tuesday December 1st: Meat the Truth by Marianne Thieme
September 4: Growing Change

 

This documentary looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to grow a fair and sustainable food system.
Growing Change follows the filmmaker’s journey to understand why current food systems leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger. It’s a journey to understand how the world will feed itself in the future in the face of major environmental challenges.
The documentary begins with an investigation of the 2008 global food crisis, looking at the long-term underlying causes. Will expanding large-scale, energy-intensive agriculture, be the solution or re problems? If we already produce enough food to feed the world why do so many people go hungry?

After hearing about efforts in Venezuela to develop a more equitable and sustainable food and agriculture system, the filmmaker heads there to see if it’s working and find out what we might be able to learn from this giant experiment.

Location: the Bookworm
Time: 15:00-17:00

October 6: Unwasted

Unwasted is a documentary that presents the alluring ideal of zero waste as a key element of the sustainable business model.

The film was produced in 2011 by Seattle-based, green facility maintenance firm Sage Environmental Services2 in partnership with PorterWorks, 3 a sustainable solutions company.

It features interviews with industry leaders, policy-makers, activists, scientists, and business professionals from the Pacific Northwest region who are leading the charge toward a “less wasteful, more profitable and environmentally sustainable society.”

In it, you’ll also learn practical recycling tips that anyone can implement. As stated in the film, nature does not create waste. Humans (and more specifically modern man) are the only animal on Earth that creates waste that nature cannot process…

And we’re doing it at a staggering rate. Discarded trash is clearly one of the most pressing environmental issues facing us today.

Location: To be determined
Time: 15:00-17:00

November 3: Surviving Progress

This 2011 Canadian documentary film is loosely based on A Short History of Progress, a book and a 2004 Massey Lecture series by Ronald Wright about societal collapse.
“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.”
Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.

Location: To be determined
Time: 15:00-17:00

December 1: Meat the Truth

Meat the Truth is high-profile documentary which forms an addendum to earlier films on climate change. Although such films have succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change: the intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth draws attention to this by demonstrating that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together.

Location: To be determined
Time: 15:00-17:00

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