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~Get a sneak peek of a new short film, “Hungry for Justice: Spotlight on the South” at Cinema Verde!~

Folks in Gainesville will get a sneak peek of a locally produced film, Hungry for Justice: Spotlight on the South, at the local Cinema Verde environmental film festival on Sun., Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Depot Station, 201 SE Depot Avenue.

Hungry for Justice provides a snapshot of the injustices present in our current food system and introduces one of the promising market-based solutions that has arisen—Food Justice Certification.  It tells the story of one farm in the South and their commitment to focus on social justice issues for their farmworkers by seeking this certification and market label. Food Justice Certification, a project of the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP), is a unique program in the domestic fair trade movement as it is the only verification program in the marketplace that has included farmworkers and farmworker representatives in the development of the certification standards and includes them in the verification process.  Hungry for Justice is a short film (16 minutes) and is just one of over 30 films being shown throughout the weekend.

The Fifth Annual Cinema Verde is being held Feb. 13 – 16, 2014 at the beautifully renovated historic Gainesville Depot Station, 201 SE Depot Ave. More than 30 films will be screened, with live music, food trucks and a beer garden running throughout the festival. An EcoFair showcasing local businesses will be held Sat., Feb. 15, as well as a Candidates Forum for city commission candidates.  Farmers are welcome to pay for a table to sell their produce as part of the EcoFair at Saturday.  Several filmmakers will join the event either in person or via Skype, including a visit with Mark Kitchell, director of Fierce Green Fire on Feb. 13.

The Cinema Verde film festival organizers are honoring farmers in two ways on Sun., Feb. 16.  Farmers get in free this day and there will be a local food potluck from 6 to 7 p.m. Please join us!  Potluck will be nestled right between Hungry for Justice: Spotlight on the South and GMO OMG.

A party will kick off the four-day festival with live music provided by Cathy DeWitt’s jazz trio Moon Dancer and tasty food and drinks from local restaurants. They will raffle off a pair of VIP Passes that will give access to all films and events throughout the festival, as well as four day passes. The VIP Reception is our way of thanking our sponsors and volunteers (for whom admission is free) and to highlight the films and showcase the businesses that make Cinema Verde a success.

Full schedule and film trailers can be viewed at

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