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This Month’s Free Movie: Ladies of the Land

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2010
Contact: Leeann Drees
Phone: 313.316.1411
email: leeann@detroitevolution.com

FREE DETROIT FILM SCREENING FOCUSES ON WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE

Monthly Free Movie Night screens Ladies of the Land on Wednesday, October 20th, 7-9p in Eastern Market’s Shed 5

Detroit, Michigan – October 7, 2010 – The Monthly Free Movie Night in Eastern Market screenings have recently focused on the changing face of agriculture, and this month’s selection looks specifically at women’s roles in farming. Detroit Evolution, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, and Eastern Market Corporation are pleased to present the award-winning 2007 documentary Ladies of the Land on Wednesday, October 20 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in Eastern Market’s Shed 5.

Ladies of the Land is a feature-length documentary exploring the lives of four women farmers. All four say they never imagined they’d end up running farms, and indeed farming has generally been considered a man’s job in most of the Western world. Surveys by the USDA and others suggest that women are farming in greater and greater numbers, though, a trend exemplified by the women in this film. They also have their own way of doing things – according to these same surveys, women have a tendency to run smaller operations than men and to choose natural or organic methods more frequently, perhaps because they are not hampered by others’ expectations that they will farm in a certain way.

In Detroit’s growing urban agriculture movement, women are often active participants and leaders. This film will give viewers a broader context in which to discuss how gender and farming intersect in their communities and the world at large, and perhaps some inspiration for both women and men interested in the field. Participants in the evening can, as always, look forward to a community discussion following the screenings during which all are welcome to share their thoughts and ponder the local relevance of the film.

Since 2008, Eastern Market Corporation, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit and Detroit Evolution have been partnering to present this FREE Movie Night in Eastern Market. On the third Wednesday of every month we gather to screen a movie on a sustainable topic, explore the topic at the local level through discussion and support from regional groups and businesses, and create a space to meet like-minded people from all walks of life & grow an active, healthy community. For this casual event, attendees should bring a comfortable seat. Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St. Parking is available in the lots adjacent to the Shed. For more information or to get involved call Detroit Evolution at 313.316.1411

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About Detroit Evolution – Detroit Evolution is dedicated to sustainable practices and present workshops on these and other topics to assist in and inspire a resilient and relocalized Detroit. http://detroitevolution.com

About Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit – Bioneers comprise a network of visionary innovators working to build a sustainable, positive and creative future for the web of life. This year’s Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference, held October 15-17 and Marygrove College, will combine local sessions, solutions and events with international innovations. http://www.glbd.org/

About Eastern Market Corporation – Eastern Market is open on Saturdays from 6:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, contact 313-833-9300 http://www.detroiteasternmarket.com

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