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UMaine Graduate to Premiere Quinoa Soup Documentary

A graduate of the University of Maine School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA) debuts her documentary Quinoa Soup 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in Minsky Recital Hall in the Class of 1944 Hall on the Orono campus.

The free screening is open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested to assist with film production costs. To request a disability accommodation, call David Adkins at 207.581.1781.

Kate Kirby, who earned a master’s in global policy in 2013, says she was motivated to act after reading that Bolivians could no longer afford quinoa — their staple grain — due to it being in high demand by health-conscious and gluten-free consumers in the U.S.

“I had been studying food security and sustainable community development, but was looking for a poignant way to raise awareness and inspire change around issues I had been exposed to abroad that are directly related to the decisions we make here,” she says.

A month later, Kirby borrowed two cameras and flew to Bolivia to document discoveries with fellow 2013 SPIA graduate Muna Abdullahi and childhood friend Natalia Valdivia Salinas.

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