Documentary filmmaker Mary Mazzio's latest effort, The Apple Pushers, follows five New York City produce vendors who bring fresh items to “food deserts." Organic Connections, the magazine for Natural Vitality, reports.
While many lament the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in inner-city ‘food deserts,’ some urban areas have a solution. New documentary The Apple Pushers tells stories of immigrants who exclusively sell healthful foods from transportable street carts. When brick-and-mortar grocery stores don’t exist, these portable vendors provide.
“Each one of these street-cart vendors (or micro-entrepreneurs, really) was worthy of his or her own story. The tales of coming to America—they’re universal; it’s the human condition,” explains filmmaker Mary Mazzio in an interview with Organic Connections. “The fact that I can put out a narrative that excites people is really the power of film. It’s the visual crafting of a message.”
The Apple Pushers is currently being screened in cities across the United States.
Read more in Organic Connections.