Film screening and panel discussion

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 at 7:30 pm | Jeff 320 and Zoom

Gather follows the stories of Indigenous Americans on the frontlines of a growing movement to re connect with spiritual and cultural identities that were devastated by genocide. An indigenous chef embarks on a ambitious project to reclaim ancient food ways on the Apache reservation; in South Dakota a gifted Lakota high school student, raised on a buffalo ranch, is proving her tribes native wisdom through her passion for science; and a group of young men of the Yurok tribe in Northern California are struggling to keep their culture alive and rehabilitate the habitat of their sacred salmon.

All these stories combine to show how the reclaiming and recovery of ancient food ways is a way forward for native Americans to bring back health and vitality to their people.

Please email Michelle Sayles at to pre-register for the film screening with a panel conversation to follow. We will be joined by cast member, Samuel Gensaw; Director, Sanjay Rawal; and food justice advocate/social entrepreneur, Priscila Espinosa for a post-screening conversation.

Our panelists
Samuel Gensaw

Cast Member

Sammy is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe and a co-founder of the Ancestral Guard, committed to the foodways of the North Coast California indigenous as well as supporting indigenous environmental movements worldwide.

Follow Sammy on Instagram.

Sanjay Rawal


Sanjay spent 15 years working on human rights campaigns globally. He also ran initiatives for acclaimed artists and philanthropists, one of whom encouraged him to start making films. Sanjay’s first documentary, FOOD CHAINS (2014), was produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser with narration by Forest Whitaker. The film won numerous awards, was released theatrically in 40 cities by Screen Media and was acquired by Netflix.

Sanjay’s second effort took a sharp turn into non-traditional filmmaking. Applying narrative cinematic technique, Sanjay directed a sweeping expedition film. 3100: RUN AND BECOME was released theatrically in the US in 20 markets last fall. It is now opening theatrically internationally.

Sanjay’s work has been supported by Ford, Bertha, BritDoc, Fledgling, 11th Hour Project, NoVo, and the Omidyar Network. His work has won an assortment of honors include a James Beard Media Award.

Priscila Espinosa

Founder, SproutChange

Priscila Espinosa, a native of Clinton, Massachusetts, is a social entrepreneur, activist, and inventor who’s social enterprise, SproutChange, started as a hashtag in February 2016 to influence a grassroots advocacy movement in consumer education around alternative medicine, organic agriculture, sustainability, and social/food justice. Today SproutChange has gone from a grassroots movement to a budding start-up. Visit her website at