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September 25, 2019, 7:00 PM
ISU’s new Food Studies program is hosting a sneak-preview of the documentary "Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm". Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with film subject Henry Brockman and filmmaker Ines Sommer.
The film follows the lives of Henry and Hiroko Brockman, who have run an organic vegetable farm in the Mackinaw Valley of central Illinois for 25 years. Henry needs to give his body a break so he puts his former apprentices in charge while he takes a year’s sabbatical.
The results of Henry’s “fallow year,” however, turn out to be very different from what he had anticipated. While those at home battle chaotic weather that threatens the crops, the specter of climate change enters Henry’s consciousness, forcing him to acknowledge that he must transform the farm in the face of international climate change. By turns lyrical and hard-hitting, the film explores how biodiversity, adaptability, and resilience are key to survival in an ever more unpredictable future.