CITOPIA #1: King Corn
Saturday the 18th of August CITIES was hosted by Amsterdam’s most spectacular urban farming project in the middle the Amsterdam Trade Center (Zuidas). Here, we showed our first CITOPIA- feature, King Corn.

Type of activity
Date of the activity
August 2012

Location of the activity
Amsterdam Trade Center (Zuidas)
On a warm summer night, in a rich organic community garden located in the middle of Zuidas’s tall glass buildings we screened our first CITOPIA FOOD MOVIE, King Corn. King Corn represents an in-depth investigation of America’s corn industry and how this one product influences a vast number of products and people. Although the Netherlands doesn’t produce mono-cropped corn, we are of the conviction that the struggles and stories that the movie depicts can be applied to the Dutch food system.

Before the screening took place and while we were waiting for the sun to go down, Ellen Mookhoek, the founder of ‘De Brede Moestuin’, offered a guided tour through the community garden. Here she gave the participants a thorough explanation about the garden. For example, her motives for creating the community garden, what kind of vegetables they grow, how it’s taken care by volunteers and how most of the harvest is being sold to the restaurant Bolenius, which is located near by.

CITOPIA is a film-related initiative that CITIES has been developing since 2010: essentially an event in which citizens are invited to enjoy movie screenings in locations that can be considered representative of each film’s context. Thanks to our collaboration with Volle Band, we are able to screen movies in unusual locations for those interested in understanding the distorted reality produced by the current food system.

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