Sampling the Changing Face of Food: Films
Films about Food
- American MeatThis documentary chronicles the grassroots revolution in sustainable farming. "Directed by New York City filmmaker Graham Meriwether, the movie explains how America arrived at its current industrial meat system, and shows you the feedlots and confinement houses, not through hidden cameras but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. The film examines the debate over whether small-scale sustainable farming can ever produce enough food to feed America. The film also features both farmers who run confinement operations and raise their animals outside without the use of antibiotics. Meriwether and his team spent four years traveling across the country interviewing farmers, taking care to provide a balanced look at the economic and environmental issues facing them today."--Website.
- Babette's FeastIn Babette's Feast, a woman flees the French civil war and lands in a small seacoast village in Denmark, where she comes to work for two spinsters, devout daughters of a puritan minister. After many years, Babette unexpectedly wins a lottery, and decides to create a real French dinner--which leads the sisters to fear for their souls. Joining them for the meal will be a Danish general who, as a young soldier, courted one of the sisters, but she turned him away because of her religion. The village elders all resolve not to enjoy the meal, but can their moral fiber resist the sensual pleasure of Babette's cooking? Babette's Feast deservedly won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. This lovely movie is impeccably simple, yet its slender narrative contains a wealth of humor, melancholy, and hope. – Amazon.com
Silverman Multimedia [Capen]: DVD 2480: PR6003 .L545 B32 2001
- Eat Drink Man WomanWriter-director Ang Lee's 1994 Oscar nominee tells a family story about a chef and his three daughters through the meals the chef prepares and serves his family. This touching, dryly funny story of a family coping with personal lives and the way those lives intersect with the family relationships captures a shift in generations in Taipei. The father, a famous chef who has lost his taste buds, still cooks, though he draws no pleasure from eating. His daughters, meanwhile, deal with both the disappointments and surprises of daily living and the way their adult lives compare to the expectations the widowed father had for them. A subtle, amusing--and mouth-watering--comedy of impeccable manners. - Amazon.com
Silverman Multimedia [Capen]: DVD 2488: PN1997 .Y47 2002
- FarmageddonAmericans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why. – Farmageddon Official movie site (http://farmageddonmovie.com/)
Silverman Multimedia [Capen]: DVD 2481: HD1476 .A3 .F37 2011
- Fast Food NationFast Food Nation exams the health issues and social consequences of America’s love affair with fast food.
Silverman Multimedia [Capen]: DVD 1448: PN1995.9 .M45 F378 2007
- Food DesignFood Design takes a look at the secret chambers of a major manufacturer of food, where designers and scientists are defining your favorite mouthful of tomorrow. It shows how form, color, smell, consistency, the sounds made during eating, manufacturing technique, history and stories are all aspects of food and eating that both influence food design, and are created by it.
Watch via SnagFilms: http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/food_design
- Food IncFood Inc. Explores the U.S. commercial food industry, examining corporate control of supply and market. The film seeks to demonstrate how the incentive for corporate profit can overwhelm consumer health needs, as well as the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and the environment. Reveals various details of food ingredients and additives, and how contemporary mass production methods of food affects U.S. culture.
Silverman Library [Capen]/Reserve: DVD 1726: HD9005 .F66 2009
- FoodMattersWith nutritionally depleted foods, chemical additives, and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what’s wrong with our malnourished bodies, it’s no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food matters sets about uncovering the trillion-dollar worldwide ’sickness industry’ and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for curing disease naturally.
Silverman Multimedia [Capen]: DVD 2372: RA784 .F66 2009
- Forks Over KnivesForks Over Knives examines the claim that most if not all degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. It traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Although they didn’t know each other, their individual research led to startlingly similar conclusions: degenerative diseases could usually be prevented--and in many cases reversed--by adopting a whole food, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public. The filmmakers explore the ancient idea of food as medicine, following "reality patients" who have adopted a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments.
Silverman Multimedia [Capen]: DVD 2374: RA645 .N87 .F67 2011
- FreshFresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Among others, Fresh features urban farmer and activist Will Allen, sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin, and supermarket owner David Ball.
Silverman Multimedia [Capen]: DVD 2483: HD9005 .F74 2012
- The Future of FoodDocuments the trend of unlabeled genetically-modified foods which have become increasingly prevalent in grocery stores. Unravels the complex web of market and political forces that are changing the nature of what we eat. Explores organic and sustainable agriculture as alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture.
Silverman Multimedia [Capen]: DVD 2249: TP248.65 .F66 F88 2007
- IngredientsIngredients unearths the roots of the local food movement and digs into the stories of the chefs, farmers and activists transforming our broken food system.
Silverman Multimedia [Capen]: DVD 2482: HD9005 .I54 2011
- King CornKing Corn. Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naiveté, college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa, to find out how the modest corn kernel conquered America. With the help of real farmers, powerful fertilizer, government aid, and genetically modified seeds, the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the hidden truths about America’s modern food system.
Law Koren AV Center / 3 Day: DVD HD9049 .C8 U65 2007
- Like Water for ChocolateRomantic fantasy set in Mexico during the early 20th century. A young couple is blocked from marrying by the demands of the young woman’s cold and selfish mother. To be near his love, the young man marries her sister, and she expresses her passion for him through her cooking.
Silverman Library [Capen]/Reserve: DVD PN1997 .C657 2000
- Super Size MeFilmmaker Morgan Spurlock embarks on a journey to find out if fast food is making Americans fat. For 30 days he can’t eat or drink anything that isn’t on McDonald’s menu; he must eat three square meals a day, he must eat everything on the menu at least once, and supersize his meal if asked. He treks across the country interviewing a host of experts on fast food and a number of regular folk while downing McDonald’s to try and find out why 37% of American are now overweight. Spurlock’s grueling diet spirals him into a metamorphosis that will make you think twice about picking up another Big Mac.
Silverman Multimedia [Capen]: DVD 402: TX945.5.M33 S87 2004
- What We EastThis video series examines the origin of regional agricultural products and their dissemination throughout the world.
Silverman Multimedia [Capen]: DVD 2582: TX645 .B97 2002
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