Awards and Reviews


World Premiere: Hot Docs

  • Winner of a Rogers Audience Choice Award for Top 5 Canadian Docs
  • Top 20 Audience Favourites out of 140 films world wide

Winner Rogers Audience Award at the 2020 HotDocs Film Festival

Winner Topt Twenty Audience Favourites at the 2020 HotDocs Film Festival
International Premiere: Doc Edge (New Zealand)
  • Winner of a Jury Award – Best in Future Watch
  • Theatrical release across New Zealand
WINNER of Doc Edge Festival Category 'Future Watch’

Winner Audience Choice Award :
Providence Children’s Film Festival (Rhodes Island, USA)

Winner Audience Choice Award Best Canadian Documentary
& #2 Audience Favourite Feature Film:
Available Light Film Festival (Canada)

Winner Audience Choice Award For Best Feature Film:
Oakville Festival of Film and Arts (Canada)

Finalist Best Canadian Director:
Oakville Festival of Film and Arts

Dirst We Eat — Winner Audience Choice Award For Best Feature Film: Oakville Festival of Film and Arts
First We Eat — Finalist Best Canadian Director: Oakville Festival of Film and Arts

Winner Audience Choice Award
Lunenburg Doc Fest (Canada)

2022 Lunenburg Doc fest Audience Award
Winner Audience Choice Award:
Glimmerglass Film Day (USA)

Winner Audience Choice Award:
 Junction North International Film Festival

Winner Audience Choice Award:
Jack Lake Film Festival (Canada)

Honourable Mention Jury Award:
Wild & Scenic Film Festival (USA)

 Directors Guild of Canada for Best Editing in Documentary

Nomination: Reykjavik International Film Festival (Iceland): A Different Tomorrow Award

Nomination: Innsbruck Nature Film Festival (Austria): Best Film on the Topic of Soil

Nomination: Director, Suzanne Crocker, nominated for the DOC Vanguard Award

Nomination: Best Editing in Documentary Features – Canadian Cinema Editors

Official Selection:
Vancouver International Film Festival

Tromso International Film Festival (Norway)

Giffoni Film Festival (Italy)

Spirit Film Festival (Israel)

NorthWest Fest (Edmonton)

Shanghai International Film Festival (China)

EBS International Film Festival (South Korea)

Official Selection Shanghai International Film Festival (China)


“Inspirational! Suzanne Crocker’s amazing experiment shows that even in the far north with strong individual, family and community effort, local food can feed us year round.”
– David Suzuki

“A stunningly powerful documentary” – Toronto Sun

“An absorbing documentary about resourcefulness under pressure and a woman’s determination to finish what she starts … gorgeously shot… not the first doc to broach this topic but it’s one of the best executed” – POV Magazine

“One of the best food documentaries released in recent years”
– Enroute Magazine: Top 3 Canadian Food Documentaries of 2021 

“An urgent yet tender film that should be prescribed as an essential piece of education on food production” – Doc Weekly

“10 of the Most Exciting Films.  Viewers keen on putting their own culinary struggles in context will not want to miss this snapshot of what it’s like to mine for resources as if one’s life depended on it. For the Crockers, it really did.”
– Indie Wire

“Top 10 Must See Films” – NOW Magazine

“Let it be said: the Crocker family never shies away from a challenge… With their collective commitment to sustainability constantly teetering on the brink of collapse, this charismatic documentary keeps you on tenterhooks and ultimately sends you home with a few recipes you won’t find on the Food Channel.” – Vancouver International Film Festival

“This movie is a love letter… Crocker and her family took on the challenge themselves but First We Eat puts the community leaders and the innovators front and centre, and their deeper understanding of the Yukon and how it can support the people who live there.” – Food Stash Foundation

“In Crocker’s skilled and empathetic hands, the film doesn’t pull any punches about the difficulties faced by her family and the push-back she often receives” – The Gate

“4 Stars – Engrossing experiment” – Canada’s National Observer

“4 ½ Stars – An inspiring story and a sincerely Canadian call to eat local”
–Stylings and Stories

If you thought a month in lockdown without MacDonald’s was a challenge, try this!” – Doc Edge Film Festival, New Zealand