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A ROAD TRIP TO DECONSTRUCT DINNER

 

Synopsis

CAN YOUR EATING HABITS REALLY CHANGE THE WORLD?
Official Film Poster
“Diversidad – A Road Trip to Deconstruct Dinner” is a documentary about a group of young Canadians who got on their bikes to raise awareness of the impacts of the World Trade Organization and industrial agriculture.
From the waterfronts of Vancouver to the mountaintops of Mexico, this is a journey that lifts the veil of youthful idealism. They discover that growing food organically isn’t quite as obvious as they thought for reasons they couldn’t imagine. They see that a lot of inner city families in the US do not have access to fresh food, let alone the opportunity to grow their own. Perhaps their biggest realization is that their point of view on the plight of the undocumented farm workers isn’t quite what they had read about before they left their homes back in Canada. As they travel south they begin to realize that perhaps this journey wasn’t so much about what they had to share with the world, but more about what they had to learn from the world.
Upon their return home, they are confronted by the reality of being part of the system they’re fighting against… Can they practice what they preach?

CAN THEY PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A ROAD TRIP TO DECONSTRUCT DINNER

 

ABOUT

THE FILMMAKERS

JEAN- MARC ABELA 

DIRECTOR – PRODUCER – EDITOR 

A self-taught filmmaker with 12 years of experience, Jean-Marc focuses his energies in documentary productions. His first passion is cinematography to which he offers his services as a director/cinematographer.

His niche is the creation of positive and heartfelt films that seek to share solutions to the fundamentals problems of our society. This comes from his conviction to play a part in the creation of a more ecological and just society.

Jean-Marc has travelled around the world with his camera and through his explorations in film discovered a second passion in Permaculture, a science of sustainable design through the study of nature. He is gaining more experience as an educator and facilitator, giving workshops in video making and the Permaculture design process. He practices the Chinese art of Qi Gong and has produced instructional Qi Gong DVDs for two of his teachers.

Website: www.jeanmarcabela.com

ADAM THOMPSON

EDITOR – CAMERA

As a Montreal based filmmaker, Adam Thompson, specializes in production and post-production.  Working from his studio loft in the Mile-end, he has professional experience on project styles ranging from documentary; Hollywood fiction; to live events & festivals. He has collaborated with such companies as DISCOVERY CHANNEL (CAN); MOMENT FACTORY; CIRQUE DU SOLEIL; & the NFB.  Adam’s camera work has taken him all over the world and these experiences continues to be a valuable asset in his evolving sense of storytelling.

His work on DIVERSIDAD was as editor & cameraman. Adam joined the caravan after the bike trip, so he brought an outside perspective to the group. He helped explore the characters and themes of this voyage on wheels, either filming with the team in a squash patch or long nights of editing with Jean-Marc & Stefan. The journey of the DDC became one of filmmaking; politics; and friendships.

STEFAN VERNA 

DIRECTOR – PRODUCER

Born in Kinshasa of the Democratic Republic of Congo but raised in Montreal, Stefan started dancing at in his late teens and later got involved in theatre before settling for cinema as his life’s passion.

A graduate of Concordia University’s Film Production program, Stefan Verna has been active in the Montreal film community for years as a Director, Cameraman, Editor & Video Instructor to inner city youth.

As a director he has explored various forms of film-making: documentary, fiction, music videos and dance videos. His deep interest in Politics, Afro Culture and Dance has inspired the projects he has pursued.

Matt Tomlinson 

COMPOSER

Matt Tomlinson is a versatile composer and singer/songwriter whose work has been broadcast on Tele-Quebec, Radio-Canada, RDI, TV Ontario, CTV, Bravo, Smithsonian TV, Sundance, as well as at film screenings across the country. Having worked as both an actor and writer, Tomlinson is passionate about films and thrives on the nuances of composing music for documentaries. Diversidad is his second feature score. Other credits include Roadsworth; Crossing The Line, Wal-town Le Film, The Diary, Expiration, and La Cantene Afghane.

As a performer Tomlinson is known for his balance of showmanship and empathy. Frequently likened to Leonard Cohen, his latest album, Place To Stand weaves sparse ballads and epic arrangements in this record that moves like an evening train.

“Matt Tomlinson makes music to inspire. The beauty of Place to Stand is that the intimacy of the album clicks with every listener, no matter where they’re from.” Ryan Robinson MITNG.

Tomlinson is currently working with Yves Desrosiers on a French album entitled, Nouvelle Histoire.

Website: www.matttomlinson.com

 

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Recent Updates

 

Dawson Screening featured image-6

December 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

An article about Diversidad from Dawson college student paper

Here is an article that Alexia Armato wrote about Diversidad in the Dawson student paper The Plant:   Last week’s […]

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At the Mexican Border

September 6, 2013 at 8:58 am

10 Years ago we arrived at the Mexican border

On September 5, 2003 we had arrived at the Mexican border after biking over 3500km. We'll be releasing Diversidad, a [...]

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October 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm

2 Screenings on World Food Day

We are proud to have Diversidad screened on two Canadian campuses for World Food day. So what exactly is World [...]

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October 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

Mexico bans GMO effective immediatly

Well, this is big news for us as our film opens in a cornfield in the mountains of Oaxaca, where [...]

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An article about Diversidad from Dawson college student paper

December 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

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Upcoming Screenings

 

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Past Screenings

 

Atlantic Veterinary College

Charlottetown | Oct 16, 2013

Dawson Collge

Montreal | Oct 16, 2013

Queen’s University

Kingston | Oct 5, 2013

WPIRG

Kitchner / Waterloo | June 12, 2013

Stockholm University

Stockholm | Feb 17, 2013

Cinema Politica

Fredericton| Feb 15, 2013

Salt Spring Film Festival

Salt Spring Island| Feb 8, 2013

Cinema Politica

Toronto Danforth | Jan 4, 2013

Cinema Politica

University of Auckland | Nov 14, 2012

Cinema Politica

Moncton | Oct 01, 2012

Nanaimo Film Festival

Nanaimo, BC| Sept 16, 2012

Cowichan Green Cominity

Duncan, BC| Aug 30, 2012

Champlain College

Montréal, QC| July 08, 2012

Premier at Nomads

Montréal, QC| Nov 26, 2012

Agriculture instead of Agribusiness