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Grown in Detroit by Mascha and Manfred Poppenk
Grown in Detroit - an incredible effort that istaking place in Detroit

Grown in Detroit

GROWN IN DETROIT shines light on an incredible effort that is currently taking place in a city often discredited as one of decay and despair.

GROWN IN DETROIT features urban organic farming efforts organized by the Catherine Ferguson Academy, a public school of 300, mainly African American, pregnant and parenting teenagers. In Detroit alone, there are more than 3,000 pregnant teenagers who drop out of high school each year, nationwide more than 500,000. The passionate educators at the Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit are working to make a better future for the young women by using their natural resources. The school is one of only three like it in the United States. As part of the curriculum, pregnant teens are taught agricultural skills at the farm next to the school. The young mothers, often still children themselves, learn through organic farming to become more independent and knowledgeable about the importance of nutritious foods. Many of the teens initially dislike farm work but the aversion disappears as they see their crops growing and being sold for profit.

Directed and produced by Mascha and Manfred Poppenk for Filmmij
mascha@filmmij.nl
www.grownindetroitmovie.com

Awards
2010 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival - Best Foreign Film Award
2010 'Community Empowerment Film Award' National Community Reinvestment Coalition | Washington, DC | United States
2010 'Honorable Mention' Texas Black Film Festival | Dallas | United States
2009 Award for 'Best Documentary' Austin Film Festival | United States
2009 Special Jury Award for its social values Urban TV Festival | Madrid | Spain
2009 Award for 'Best Documentary' Formula Mundi Film Festival | Baden Wuerttemberg | Germany

Festivals
2010 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival
2010 Official Selection Texas Black Film Festival | Dallas | United States
2010 Official Selection Cinema on the Bayou | Lafayette, LA | United States
2009 Official Selection Sichuan TV Festival | China
2009 Official Selection Austin Film Festival | United States
2009 Official Selection Urban TV Festival | Madrid | Spain
2009 Official Selection International Millenium Festival | Brussels | Belgium
2009 Official Selection New Kingston Film Festival | United States
2009 Official Selection 2009 Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival | Toronto | Canada
2009 Official Selection Formula Mundi Film Festival | Baden Wuerttemberg | Germany

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15-03-2010  Grown in Detroit honored by Jesse Jackson