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New Meetup: "Grown in Detroit" screening @ DocuWest Film Fest

From: Katherine C.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:42 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Greater Denver Urban Homesteading Group!

What: "Grown in Detroit" screening @ DocuWest Film Fest

When: Friday, June 25,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Foothills Art Center
809 15th Street
Golden, CO 80401

DocuWest Film Festival to screen "Grown in Detroit"!

About the festival
Foothills Art Center in Golden will host the second annual DocuWest Film Festival, a documentary film festival from June 23-27th, presenting films on topics from health, the environment, politics, art and more. DocuWest won Best Film Festival in the Westword in 2009. This year, they will screen an amazing documentary called, "Grown in Detroit,? directed by Mascha and Manfred Poppenk.

I've purchased tickets at a discounted group rate and will make them available for FREE to the first 20 people to RSVP to this meet-up (additional tickets can be purchased at the door at our group rate if you mention the Greater Denver Urban Homesteaders Meet-up Group). I encourage you to make a donation to the film festival and the art center to ensure that we have ongoing access to quality film and cultural events in our community.

About "Grown in Detroit":
Just imagine... Teen moms becoming urban farmers. Utopia? Not in Detroit. The home town of mass production is turning green again. The disappearance of the auto industry was mainly the cause of Detroit?s problems. In the last fifty years, one of the wealthiest cities in America has transformed into a villa ghetto, where liquor stores and fast food restaurants, behind bullet-proof glass, are rampant. Amidst all this misery, the city and its residents have surprisingly emerged with their own solution. Nature has taken over and the city is ?greening? from within. This new landscape is creating opportunities and hope for the city and its residents. Land that was used for farming a century ago has again been cultivated, this time by the urban
farmer. The urban farmer turns out, whether out of necessity or not, to have a right to exist. Vacant lots in the heart of the city are being returned to fertile land. Some harvest the crops for their own use, some share with the neighbors or community, and some sell their produce at the market. For instance the bee population, almost extinct in America, is flourishing in Detroit. The extensive variety of native flowers on the vacant lots and the lack of pesticides make Detroit?s unique environment perfect for the production of very pure honey. In such an impoverished urban environment, it is refreshing to see such ingenuity. This is an image of America that rarely gets shown.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Denver-Urban-Homesteaders/calendar/13744899/

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