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The Story of Stuff and the Greening of Cuba
Date Wednesday September 24
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
midtown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway, below Pill Hill
Event Type Screening
EmailHumanistHall [at]
Double Feature


From its extraction through sale, use, and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad; yet most of this is hidden from view. This short film is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, our over-productivity and gargantuan wastefulness. This story of how products and waste travel through our lives exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It will teach you something, it will make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.


This informative film, made by Food First, profiles Cuban farmers and scientists working to reinvent a sustainable agriculture, based on ecological principles and local knowledge rather than imported agricultural inputs. In their quest for self sufficiency, Cubans combine time-tested traditional methods with cutting edge bio-technology. The film illustrates Cuba's transition into food sovereignty — away from industrial agriculture when the Soviet bloc collapsed. This is a hopeful story: a glimpse into the best case scenario of what we may face in America once we move beyond the fossil fuel economy. It also makes it clear that a collective/coordinated/state-run approach is needed to make the transition a positive one. The systemic juxtaposition is spelled out in an implicit but not pedantic way.

Wheelchair accessible at 411 28th Street entrance

Before and after the films, everyone's invited to indulge in our Humanist Vegetarian Organic Refreshments.

$5 donations are appreciated
Added to the calendar on Thursday Sep 11th, 2008 10:40 PM
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