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Ecologies of Sustenance

What sustains our communities? Constellating food politics and land use as vital factors of social life, these films trace the woven relations between human and more-than-human ecologies with spotlights on the ways land and food mediate our coexistence.

Guests in Attendance: Director Andrew Nadkarni (Between Earth & Sky), Director Gelareh Kiazand (Preserving Taste), Subject Hanif Sadr (Preserving Taste), Director Ái Vuong (Boca Chica), Director/Writer Jackie! Zhou (Order for Pickup), Director Harleen Kaur Bal (Unpacking Immigration)

Community Partners: NAAAP-San Jose


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In this program

Between Earth & Sky

Directed by Andrew Nadkarni

Studying “what grows back” after disturbance in the rainforest canopy, renowned ecologist Nalini Nadkarni must turn her research question onto herself after a life-threatening fall from a tree.

Preserving Taste

Directed by Gelareh Kiazand

Chef Hanif Sadr introduces Northern Iranian cuisine to San Francisco, navigating personal and political challenges of ingredient sourcing and immigration restrictions.

Boca Chica

Directed by Ai Vuong & Samuel Diaz Fernandez

Indigenous ecologies and ways of being are threatened by SpaceX on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Order for Pickup

Directed by Jackie! Zhou

A woman must find a way back to herself as her reality blurs into a cycle of work and digitally-mediated isolation.

Unpacking Immigration

Directed by Harleen Kaur Bal

A Punjabi Sikh meatpacking community in California’s Central Valley reflects on migration, labor, and belonging.

Wild Hogs and Saffron

Directed by Andy Sarjahani

Set in the Arkansas Ozarks, a wild hog hunt sets the stage for a meditation on cross-cultural friendship and solidarity in unexpected places.

Dates & Times


Roxie Theater

Sat, May 11
2:00 pm