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In accordance with the recent mandate from Oregon Governor Kate Brown, masks are required during Open-Air Cinema at OMSI. Masks continue to be required for all staff and visitors at the Portland Art Museum, including Venice VR Expanded.

Directed by Elaine Velazquez

Gaining Ground tells personal stories of farmers making extraordinary changes in their farming practices to feed their local communities sustainably grown produce and grains. Interweaving experiences of urban farmer-activists in inner city Richmond, California, a small family farm in rural Oregon, and a large farm in the Willamette Valley, the film personalizes class, gender, race, and environmental justice issues by rooting them within narratives of compelling individuals.

While a sober look at the obstacles to creating change, Velazquez still points the way toward hope through action on a personal, local, and global scale.  Thank you to KBOO for co-sponsoring this screening. 

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.