With Q&A from the director
First We Eat
A celebration of community and the surprising bounty of food that even a tiny community in the Yukon can provide.
Director: Susanne Crocker
With Q&A from the director Via Zoom into the cinema
101 mins / 2020 / Canada
What happens when an ordinary family, living just south of the Arctic Circle, bans all grocery store food from their house for one year? Filmmaker Suzanne Crocker feeds her family of five, only food that can be hunted, fished, gathered, grown or raised around Dawson City, Yukon on the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. Add three skeptical teenagers, one reluctant husband, no salt, no caffeine, no sugar and -40° temperatures.
A diet of wild meat, fish, berries, roots, and wild plants was the norm for thousands of years. Suzanne wanted to explore the extent of the possibilities if we combine wild foods with food that Northerners have been able to cultivate, raise, overwinter and breed.
The kitchen was not Suzanne’s ‘natural habitat’ and she was not a master gardener. Far from being an expert, Suzanne considered herself more of a ‘blank page’. By collaborating with northern expertise, traditional knowledge and local producers, Suzanne hoped she would succeed.
Ultimately the story becomes a celebration of community and the surprising bounty of food that even a tiny community in the far North can provide.
There are scenes of meat preparation in this film.
This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is applied to all films which are directed by women and/or written by women. Find out more about F-Rating.
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