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SCREENED AT 12+ FILM FESTIVALSSocial Justice • Mutual Aid • New York City • COVID-19 Pandemic • Public Health • Food Justice • Food Rescue • Food Waste • Food Security • Immigrant Communities
Date of Completion: 2021 | Run Time: 11 minutes | Language: English and Spanish with English subtitles | Captions: No | Director: Gareth Smit | Producer: Justin Levy | Composer: Andrew Orkin
After seven of their drivers died from COVID-19, a car service in Queens, NY started hosting a community fridge on the sidewalk outside their offices. A small business started by immigrants, Fenix XL now serves a largely immigrant community with 24hr access to free food. Fanny, who lost her cleaning job when schools were closed, now relies on this fridge to survive. The first community fridge in NYC started outside a Bed Stuy apartment in February 2020; there are now over 100 across the city, inspiring a movement around the world.