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Storefront Manitoba Playlist is a monthly curated list of filmspodcasts, and other resources that aim to entertain, inspire, enrich, and advance critical discussion. 


May's playlist is inspired by Storefront’s newest initiative in partnership with Harvest Manitoba: TableTo1200, Feeding 1200 Families in Manitoba. Food in terms of accessibility, agriculture, infrastructure, restaurants, and its overall relationship with architects are explored this month. 

Want to learn more about TableTo1200? 

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2019 | 93 Minutes 

THE POLLINATORS is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. The many challenges the beekeepers and their bees face en route reveal flaws to our simplified chemically dependent agriculture system. We talk to farmers, scientists, chefs and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees, what it means to our food security and how we can improve it.

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2018 | 65 Minutes 

A coming of age story of a community re-learning how to work together and growing stronger in the process. Inspired by the drive and dedication of the next generation of agricultural leaders in the Roaring Fork Valley, the community explores how to overcome pressing issues. Land access, income inequality, and a short growing season turn from barriers into levers as these ambitious young farmers discover ways to get healthy, sustainability produced, locally grown, nutrient dense food onto the tables of everyone in the community.


2020 | 14 Minutes 

How are you adapting to the pandemic? That’s the question Jérémie Battaglia and Vali Fugulin asked Canadian small and medium-sized business owners in April 2020 as part of the Pivot project led in partnership with the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative. Out of these discussions, one major theme emerged — how COVID-19 has affected the eating habits of Canadians. On a video-conference call, they reflect on the changes in behaviour we’re seeing and wonder if we might be witnessing a long-term paradigm shift in our relationship with food.

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2018 | 10 Minutes 

The West Island Community Sector came together to look at the key issues regarding poverty in our community. Through working groups and committees, collectively we decided to focus on food security challenges of the West Island. The West Island has a reputation of being a wealthy community, one without struggles and vulnerability. This misconception couldn’t be farther from the truth. This short documentary highlights the voices of West Islanders and their struggles with food.


2020 | 12 Minutes 

Woodlanders is an online film series that seeks to document the work of people who care for and depend on forests for their livelihood and well-being throughout the world. From woodcraft and nut tree cultures of ancient Europe, to mushroom and forest medicines of Asia, there are many fascinating ways of creating sustainable economies from the forests while maintaining their ecological health and complexity.

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EFLUX: Cooking Sections on how Food Infrastructures Shape the World

2018 | 29 Minutes 

Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners based out of London. It was born to explore the systems that organize the WORLD through FOOD. Using installation, performance, mapping, and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture, and geopolitics. Cooking Sections was part of the exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. 

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LIFE OF AN ARCHITECT: Chefs and Architects

2018 | 50 Minutes 

Life of an Architect Podcast responds to the public curiosity and common misunderstandings about what architects do and how it is relevant to people’s lives, engaging a wide demographic of people in a meaningful way without requiring an understanding of the jargon or knowledge of the history of the profession. In this fifth episode, Bob Borson and Landon Williams take on the topic of Architects and cooking and how those two things come together.

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ROMAN MARS: How the Pandemic is Transforming Restaurants

2020 | 40 Minutes 

The author and host of the design and architecture podcast 99% Invisible talks about how the pandemic creates an opportunity to make restaurant design more resilient by innovating parklets and reclaiming outdoor space. He also digs into how delivery apps and contactless delivery are destroying people’s empathy towards restaurant workers.

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Access to data has become more important than ever. Not only is data important for evidenced based policy making, but also to inform the general public by making important information visible. In either case, data can be a catalyst for change. However, even when comprehensive data is available, it is not always easily accessible for the general public. The intent of this map is facilitate greater accessibility of available data from Statistics Canada, making visible key indicators that show which areas across Canada are vulnerable to poverty and hunger.

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