Excitement is building in Dartmouth North as the launch of Six Primrose, a new documentary film following the lives of five individuals connected to the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre, gets ready for its world premiere at Devour! The Food Film Fest in Wolfville on October 26 at 3pm.
“Six Primrose is an incredible opportunity for this community to tell its own story; to share its strengths and its hopes and dreams,” says Caralee McDaniel, Acting Executive Director, Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. “It’s so important for these voices to have a chance to be heard and we can’t wait for others to be as inspired by Dartmouth North as we are every day.“
Six Primose, a nod to the Community Food Centre’s civic address, chronicles the dramatic impact that access to healthy food, a social network and empowering programs have had on individual lives and the community as a whole. It was directed by award-winning filmmaker John Hillis of Truefaux Films, who spent three years immersed in the community.
The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre opened its doors in 2015 through a partnership between the Dartmouth Family Centre and Community Food Centres Canada. The welcoming community space seeks to address issues of poverty, food insecurity, and social isolation affecting the community. Programs include nutritious community meals, cooking classes for all ages and a 20,000 sq. ft Community Farm.
“Three years ago, Six Primrose was an empty storefront and a parking lot. In a short time, the community has created a welcoming, empowering space where people support each other and fight for a stronger community. That’s a phenomenal accomplishment, and one that we see taking root at all Community Food Centres across Canada,” says Nick Saul, President and CEO, Community Food Centres Canada. “If you want to find out how good food can be a powerful tool for individual, community, and social change, you do not want to miss this film.”
The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is one of ten Community Food Centres across Canada that are bringing people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food. Other centres are located in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.
Community Food Centres Canada has launched a nation-wide contest offering two tickets to the film’s world premiere at Devour! The Food Film Fest. The contest closes on Oct. 18 and includes airfare, hotel and car rental for two.
Award-winning local filmmaker John Hillis and his partner Hannah Minzloff have been long-time supporters of the Community Food Centre, donating their filmmaking talent and expertise to many of the organization’s events.
John understood our approach from the very beginning; he saw how we focus on strengths, not deficits, and how we look for ways that everyone to contribute,” says Deborah Dickey, manager of the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. “He took the time to build real relationships with community members; he approached them with dignity and respect, and that’s why his film is so powerful.”
To learn more visit www.6primrose.ca.
About the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre and Community Food Centres Canada
The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is a program of the Dartmouth Family Centre, which has supported young families in the community for almost 25 years. In 2015, the Family Centre expanded its reach and opened the Community Food Centre, making it possible to engage with people of all ages, with particular emphasis on those who are marginalized due to social and economic vulnerability. Find out more at www.dartmouthfamilycentre.ca.
The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is one of 10 Community Food Centres created in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada. Since 2012, Community Food Centres Canada has been working with partners to build and support vibrant places in low-income communities that build health, belonging, and social justice through the power of food. Find out more at www.cfccanada.ca.