Price: $295.00

    Code: 2629

    Directed by David Romero
    Produced by Mary Ann Beyster
    2021, 56 minutes

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    What started as a 7-week nutrition program seven years ago in National City California for women seeking healthier diets, has become a Latina-led movement to raise the health, wellbeing, and resilience of the community.

    National City has one of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in San Diego County and in the state of California, and the program graduates, called “Kitchenistas”, are out to change that, one healthy meal at a time. Now after 18 graduating classes, more than 275 Kitchenistas stay the course to overcome systemic barriers in bringing high-quality food solutions into their homes, schools, and city. Their stories show how women are community builders through healthy food traditions. Not to be underestimated, these women show how a range of small advocacy actions over time lead to big changes.

    Subjects & Collections

    Festivals & Awards

    Public Media Award Winner – Independent Production – National Educational Telecommunications Association

    Jury’s Award Winner – Tulum World Environmental Film Festival

    Jury Award Winner - Central Michigan International Film Festival

    Honorable Mention - Eugene Environmental Film Festival

    Official Selection – San Antonio Film Festival

    Official Selection - Seattle Latino Film Festival
    Official Selection - Newark International Film Festival
    Official Selection - Sonoma International Film Festival
    Official Selection - San Diego Latino Film Festival
    Official Selection - Global Health Film Festival
    Official Selection - Ojai Film Festival


    “An empowering film! Ladies who are professionals in their communities and families….transforming lives. "
    - Gigi Tsontos, Executive Director, California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Kitchenistas is a wonderful community service. I love that they try to use whole foods , variety, and new or improved recipes.” 
    - Kathleen Lee, Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator, San Antonio Regional Hospital

    “I loved how the women in the program felt empowered to improve the health of their families. I love the sense of community facilitated by the Kitchenistas program. Yes, food is meant to share." 
    - Yvette Newborn, Member, California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Further Reading

    A new documentary on National City’s ‘Kitchenistas’ puts health and love on the menu. 
    by Karla Peterson   (READ HERE)

    Food Tank: Community, Tradition, and Food Bring Health in the Kitchenistas Documentary
    by Jonathan Ribich   (READ HERE)