Wednesday, April 24, 2013; 12:30 p.m.
Location: Orono Public Library, 39 Pine Street, Orono, Maine
Contact: Laurie Carpenter; 207-866-5060
Orono Public Library will present the monthly Wednesday Wonders Program on April 24 at 12:30pm. Kate Kirby, an Orono native will show a preview of a feature length documentary premiering in May. This film seeks to provide an American audience with stories of Quinoa famers from the fields of Bolivia.
Quinoa. Quino-what? Celebrated as a nutritious staple for indigenous communities dwelling in the Andes Mountains, “Keen-wah” thrives in some of the harshest climates in the world. Oftentimes referred to as the “quinoa quandary,” evidence has shown that since becoming a major staple in the diet of first-world consumers, farmers in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and parts of Chile have been unable to afford this culturally significant and highly nutritious crop.
This March, Kindred Planet Productions (KPP), a team led by Kate Kirby, a first-time documentary filmmaker, traveled to Bolivia to explore the population’s complex relationship with quinoa, and how a rise in global demand for this crop has affected the dietary habits of growers.