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The Gleaners and I (PG) + Introduction  

Eat The Screen

Still from The Gleaner and I

A film interviewing an array of foragers, freegans and activists all upholding the ancient French tradition of “gleaning”. 

Criss-crossing France, director Agnes Varda meets people on both sides of the food waste equation: the farmers and winemakers, facing their own pressures, who leave a portion of their crops to rot in the fields, and many others who scout for leftovers, whether out of necessity, custom, or a refusal to participate in our contemporary systems of food production and consumption.  

Varda contemplates the inequalities in French society, and the callousness of certain modern practices – supermarkets that poison their rubbish with bleach, for instance. But this is no dry, food waste lecture. This is a film interested in people, and in the resourcefulness and creativity of their scavenging, salvaging and collecting.  

Introduced by Phil Holtam, Sussex gleaning coordinator for Feedback, who co-ordinate the UK’s Gleaning Network. 

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France 2000 Dir Agnes Varda 82 min digital 

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