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…a compassionate and impactful portrait of a determined activist and her cause.
Dan Goldberg’s Food Fighter is about the turbulent travails of event manager turned food waste activist and CEO of Food Charity OzHarvest, Ronnie Kahn.
Originally from Johannesburg, Kahn emigrated to Australia in 1998. She became so dismayed with the wastage of food she saw at her own events that she gave her business up to become a social activist and founder of OzHarvest.
For the last 14 years, Kahn and OzHarvest have been picking up food discarded by large organisations, and distributing it to those most in need.
The organisation now collects over 100 tonnes of food wastage a week – edible food that would otherwise go to landfill. Kilos of bananas and fresh produce deemed “too ugly” to be eaten, perfectly good food left on planes, excess bakery products from supermarkets, etc.
The film trails Kahn’s tireless global quest to raise awareness around the issue, as she goes from Sydney to Bangkok, to the UK and Paris, battling politicians, personally inspecting bins full of food, to opening the first Australian free pickup ‘OzHarvest Market’ in Sydney.
A crucial moment is when Kahn goes to France, where laws are in place that mandate supermarkets give away their excess food, where those in need can walk into a supermarket and simply take away food.
This is as much a personal portrait of Kahn as it is a documentary on food wastage. There are private, quiet scenes of Kahn’s family life, her heritage, and recollections of South Africa. Many scenes feel as if we’re a part of Kahn’s life.
There is no division between what we see of Kahn at home, and Kahn crusading for her cause.
In scenes where she’s snubbed by politicians, confronts those dumping the food, talks about her past in apartheid-torn South Africa, her determination shines through.
What the documentary exposes is the staggering amount of food being thrown away – perfectly consumable food, reportedly costing the Australian economy $20 billion a year. There are mind-boggling images of waste.
This is a compassionate and impactful portrait of a determined activist and her cause; one that will surely open people’s eyes.