First We Eat (2020) Film Review

A sincerely Canadian call to eat local.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Director: Suzanne Crocker

First We Eat is a Canadian documentary following the Crocker family as they pledge to eat only food and ingredients that are found near their home in Dawson City, Yukon. For one year, the Crockers feast of local food and must find creative solutions to salt and sweeten their food.

Inspiring and wholesome

Eating local isn’t a new concept, but it’s one that few commit to 100%. Many of us shop as local as we can, but have yet to rid our pantry of imported goods. Not to say that throwing away food is the solution, but what does it take to commit to a truly local diet? Suzanne Crocker shows us how one family can make this vision a reality and the lengths you might have to go to accomplish it.

Some shocking salty experiments

Speaking of lengths to go to accomplish a local diet, there were some shocking moments in this documentary. I don’t want to spoil them, so you’ll have to watch to find out what I mean. But, where would you get salt if you could only acquire it from close to your home?

Shortcomings

I really enjoyed this documentary, but I think it would have been even more interesting to see more conflict between the family members who wanted to take on this versus those who didn’t. It’s understandable why the filmmaker chose not to go too deep down this road though. It is her family, after all.

First We Eat is an inspiring story and a wholesome ode to Yukon’s bounty.

Suzanne Crocker is also the director of All the Time in the World. Read more film reviews here.

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