A special screening of the groundbreaking documentary Forks Over Knives (2011) will take place at New Embassy Theatre on Saturday, March 10. The event will feature a question and answer session after the film, and free samples and information will also be available in the lobby before and after the film.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with sponsors, and the film begins at 7:00 p.m. Ticket price for adults is $5. A selection of healthy refreshments will be available in the lobby's Passport Cafe. The New Embassy is located between Liberty and Mechanic Streets at 49 Baltimore Street in Cumberland Town Centre. Reservations and group discounts are available by calling 301-722-4692.
The documentary, directed by Lee Fulkerson, examines the choice of plant-based nutrition in a person's diet versus a diet consisting of animal-based and processed foods. A Q&A session after the film will provide audience members the chance to discuss the benefits and challenges of a plant-based diet.
The event is sponsored by two local area businesses. Goodness Grows (goodnessgrowspa.wordpress.com) is a family owned and operated organic farm located on Route 220 just outside of Cumberland, Maryland. Since 1999, the farm has been offering organic produce, native landscaping, and handcrafted soaps—all grown or produced on the farm. Earth Zone (shopearthzone.wordpress.com) is a family owned nutrition center with locations in Keyser and Short Gap, providing a one-stop shop for all things related to natural health and wellness.
New Embassy Theatre was approached by Dominique Taylor with the idea to show the film. “I am a stay at home mom to a one-year-old who just happens to have a passion for healthy eating. One of the biggest things that makes FOK different from other documentaries about plant-based diets is that it is non-confrontational and based in science. FOK doesn't delve into the ethical or environmental aspects of a vegan lifestyle the way Food Inc. or Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead do. I think that makes it more approachable than the other films that I mentioned.”