A fascinating film about army cooks and how the everyday needs of thousands of armed stomachs affect the victories and defeats of statesmen. It reveals the field kitchen as a model of a world where food preparation becomes a military strategy. “A hungry soldier doesn’t feel safe,” explains a sausage-wielding Army cook.
Today, more than half of all Americans eat some type of organic food. Yet most people don’t have a clue what it means. When “organic” became a brand, everything changed – the movement and the label grew apart. This eye-opening film takes a first-hand look at the organic food industry and reveals its shortcomings.
Filmmaker Mohammad Shirvani steps into the no-man‘s land of Iranian households – the kitchen. Seven housewives talk to him as they prepare the delicious foods of Ramadan. Shirvani notes, “The kitchen is a place my mother spent over 30 years in and I never really noticed its details.” A subtle and humorous take on a women’s realm.
This humorous trip through the world of backyard chickendom should leave audiences with the urge to go out and get their own coop ASAP! Mixing archival footage, animation and interviews, we get a look at how one area of the slow food/localvore movement is progressing.
Lucien and Regina are foragers – they gather wild mushrooms and sell them to New York restaurants. Their lifestyle is simple, their income unstable. As Regina seeks more stability and Lucien wants to devote himself to full-time nomadic foraging, their individual desires put the marriage to a test. A food lovers’ film.
A gorgeously photographed ethnographic whirlwind tour of the Taiwan’s coastal regions. The cooking segments are so lush we can smell the spices and almost feel the heat on our faces from a tantalizing stir-fry. This film will also be of interest to many Vermonters through our concerns with a locally produced sustainable food system.
Three-Michelin-stars French chef Michel Bras decides to hand his restaurant over to his son, who has been working with him for 15 years. This is the story of extraordinary dishes prepared by a father and a son, in the hilly landscape of Aubrac region. We follow this gastronomic transmission, and enter intimately in their family ties.
Sushi, formerly found only in Japan, has become an international industry. You can get sushi at football games in Texas. The film shows sushi masters at work through some fabulous footage – the sequence on knife sharpening alone is worth a trip to the cinema. But its popularity has led to the depletion of tuna, potentially upsetting the ecological balance of oceans.
In 2009 Vermont became the sixth hungriest state in the nation. We Have to Talk About Hunger looks behind the statistitics (one in five children here lives with food insecurity) to investigate who “the hungry” actually are and ask the disturbing question: Why, in Vermont, the healthiest state in the nation, can we not feed our own?