FSC partners with le Carrefour Solidaire for second screening of “Food For The Rest of Us”

As part of its “Food For The Rest of Us” film screening series, Food Secure Canada partnered with le Carrefour Solidaire and Community Food Centres Canada in May for a second film screening in Montreal. 

Food for the Rest of Us is a film that takes an intimate look at the concept of food sovereignty and how communities, specifically marginalized people, use food and agriculture to free themselves from oppression. 

FSC and le Carrefour held the event in Montreal’s Centre-Sud, a neighborhood that has long been considered a “food desert1 due to its lack of healthy and affordable food supply. The Carrefour Solidaire is a Centre-Sud-based organization that has, for years, found novel ways to address food insecurity in the area by focusing on social inclusion, education, healthy eating, and empowering residents to drive societal change. 

Film-screening participants, who were in large part Centre-Sud residents, shared that the film prompted them to reflect on the gentrification of their neighborhood. Because the film featured local community projects, participants added that they felt inspired to work more closely as a community to support low-income and marginalized individuals in Centre-Sud. 

 "[W]e can certainly still do great things together by perhaps including a broader reflection on the societal issues we face, as the documentary so clearly showed,” said one of the audience members. [Translated from French].

Following the screening, co-producers Tiffany Ayalik and Caroline Cox joined us for an insightful discussion on the importance of antiracism as a core principle of food work, ways toward food sovereignty for equity-deserving communities, and the stories that inspired them to make this film. 


We felt privileged to partner with le Carrefour Solidaire on this project and see first-hand how centralizing the stories, realities, and struggles of those most affected by injustices in the food system inspires communities to take action. We look forward to showcasing more local initiatives as we continue our "Food for the Rest of Us" screening series. 

As we work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 2: Zero hunger, we urge the government to recognize that local initiatives are a key lever for addressing deep inequalities and food insecurity. Formally recognizing the role of context-based initiatives means ensuring their survival, development and growth via adequate funding, and encouraging the emergence of similar projects. 

1 "Food justice leaders [...] urge us to reconceptualize “food deserts” as “food apartheid” by focusing on creating food sovereignty through community-driven solutions and systemic change" - Nina Sevilla, 2021 https://www.nrdc.org/experts/nina-sevilla/food-apartheid-racialized-access-healthy-affordable-food