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Rethinking The Harvest

20th June 2020 @ 6:30 pm 9:00 pm

“Revolution is based on land. Land is the basis of all independence. Land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality” Malcolm X

Our food systems are built upon racism, colonial realities, and the exploitation of the Earth and her peoples. For people of colour in the UK, issues of food security, health inequality, environmental injustice and disconnection from nature – persist and blight the lives of communities who have long histories of disenfranchisement from land.

How do we begin to dismantle structures we rely upon for our survival, but which destroy so much in their wake? What would it mean to radically rethink – and transform – these systems? How do we place access to land, our capacity to grow food, and the prioritising of food sovereignty – at the very heart of our considerations in a post-Covid and Covid-ongoing world? And what are the implications of these issues for Wales, and for communities of colour in our nation?

During this online screening event, we’ll be sharing three short films – The Arc of Justice; Who’s Afraid of Ideology; and Berta Didn’t Die, She Multiplied – to contextualize how issues of racism and colonialism have led to land relationships born out of theft, labour exploitation and corporate agriculture. Following the screening, there’ll be a discussion and Q and A with invited guest speakers Josina Calliste and Ọlá Ayòrindé of LAND IN OUR NAMES (LION); Philip Henry, community educator, artist and beekeeper; Alice Taherzadeh, community organiser and activist engaging with issues of ecological and social justice; Javier Sanchez Rodriguez, director of Braich Goch in mid Wales, a residential centre and community hub for refugee and migrant groups; and Iwan Brioc, a theatre maker whose work celebrates the indigenous culture and language of Wales as a call to revive an ecological society.

Selected recordings from the Rethinking The Harvest event:

Recording 1, to include a grounding, and introductions from the speakers to the themes
Recording 2, to include responses to our films, and Q & A