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Food Coop

  • RMIT Bld 80 445 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)

Dir. Tom Boothe | USA/France | 2016 | 97 mins

Food Coop takes us deep into the belly of the Park Slope Food Coop, one of America’s oldest cooperative food supermarkets, with a healthy dose of insight and wit.

Nestled deep in New York city, which, for many, exemplifies both the glory and the horrors of the capitalist spirit, you can find this highly prosperous institution, just as American as Wall Street, but whose objective is entirely non-profit. Working against everything that defines “The American Way of Life,” the basic principles of the Park Slope Food Coop are simple: each of its 16 000 members work 3 hours per month to earn the right to buy the best food in New York at incredibly low prices.

Inspiring as much ire as enthusiasm, this Brooklyn coop founded in 1973 is regarded by many as the best implemented socialist experience in the United States. Through Food Coop, you will see this institution come to life and witness how the enthusiasm that animates the Park Slope Food Coop demonstrates a potential for change; how the coop's mode of participation viscerally teaches democracy to those who take part in its activities.

[Boothe] manages to capture the essence of this unique emporium with a blend of humor and pragmatism, underlining how a sustainable business needs to have more in mind than just the bottom line in order to survive.
— Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

Every feature film at EFFA 2017 will be screening with an Australian short. Mark Newbound's The Embodied Water of Milk will be screening before Food Coop. How much water is used to produce a tablespoon of milk?