A majestic journey through Japan, Korea, and the United States that turns our perceptions of food (and life) upside down in a simple and poetic way.
Solutions for our most pressing global issues come from unexpected places in a film that New York Times bestselling author Alicia Bay Laurel calls “beautiful … both art and documentary.”
Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness weaves breathtaking landscapes and an eclectic original soundtrack together with stories and insights from an inspiring cast of natural farmers, chefs, and teachers who give modern-day relevance to age-old ideas about food, environment, and happiness.
Current-day leaders in the natural farming movement featured in the film include Yoshikazu Kawaguchi (Japan), Seonghyun Choi (Korea), and Larry Korn (United States), as well as a dozen others, from farmers to chefs to urbanites.
Their stories illuminate a brilliant-yet-maddeningly-simple path to sustainability and well being, one popularized by the late Masanobu Fukuoka, author of the seminal environmental text One Straw Revolution.
Far-reaching in its application, Final Straw offers itself as a seed to grow solutions, not only for food issues, but for some of the most dire ecological and social issues that we face today.
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What people are saying about the film...
“Wow!! A great film … both art and documentary.”
– Alicia Bay Laurel, author of "Living on the Earth"
"Thought provoking and inspiring ... a powerful call to action."
– Clean Eating Magazine
"Loved it... Filled with T.L.C."
– Keibo Oiwa, author of "Slow is Beautiful"
"A film with a very big heart ... the world needs such films now more than ever."
– Brian Covert, journalist in Japan
"meditative, mindful ... a beautiful film"
– Barbara Baker, BBC food journalist / Mindful Pie
"...enables us to catch a glimpse of the people and things which society can not ordinarily grasp... thank you for your beautiful work."
– Kim JaeHyung / Korean philosopher and activist
"It's like Fantasia-meets-farming."
– Rough cut audience member, San Jose, USA
"The film filled me up with great joy and inspiration...I knew it was going to uplift and give a new perspective to my soul, but I didn't know how deeply it would do those things! I'm going to watch the film today... for the 8th time."
– Rafayah Uzzyah, Philadelphia, USA
About the animationThe film is introduced with a delicate and moving hand drawn animated short – created by animator Heeyoung Park, who spent an immersive year with the directors in preparation to draw the first frame – and the film continues with the same deep and attentive vision throughout.
A four-year effort
Four years in the making, the film's Co-Directors Patrick Lydon (Silicon Valley) and Suhee Kang (Seoul, Korea) walked away from their salaried jobs to further ways of thinking, working, and living that enable humanity to thrive together with this earth. The film’s production team included hundreds of volunteer translators, coordinators, hosts, artists, and musicians from over a dozen countries.
The result is a film that will leave you inspired, happier, and motivated to make changes in your own lifestyle.
Updates From the Film Directors (2018)
In 2015-2016, the directors undertook a 110-date screening and event tour of Japan and Korea, to much celebration. This work included the piloting of a community-based restaurant and garden project called “REALtimeFOOD,” which gained considerable attention and has since been replicated and produced by multiple community and nonprofit organizations.
The film's grassroots popularity doesn't seem to be slowing down. It’s been translated into seven languages (English, Korean, Japanese, French, Vietnamese, Chinese, Turkish, with others in progress) and continues to enjoy community screenings and events held regularly around the world.
In March 2018, the directors continue their work by opening The Branch Art Lab, an environmental art and media lab and natural farm in Osaka, Japan that was inspired by the characters in the documentary film. They continue to work in collaboration with natural farmers around the world.
100% of the proceeds from this film go toward our current and future projects for fostering social and ecological well being. Explore more about the film and our work at www.finalstraw.org
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