The following recommended films about food’s connection to sustainability, health, and climate change, work well on their own or during a potluck event. When you purchase these discounted films on Amazon.com, Amazon will make a donation to Interfaith Power & Light to support our work.
|Fed Up (92 min.), explores childhood & adult obesity and threat from Big Sugar — Fed Up is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth), Fed Up will change the way you eat forever. The film focuses on the real causes of obesity in the US, presenting evidence showing that large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root cause of the problem. It points to the monied lobbying power of “Big Sugar” in blocking attempts by parents and schools to protect our children’s health. Discussion Guide.|
|A Place at the Table (84 min.), on hunger in US amid massive food waste — A Place at the Table is a documentary that shines a light on the hunger, malnutrition and “food insecurity” that is plaguing 50 million American’s, 17 million whom are children. The next chapter on America’s food crisis from the people that brought you Food Inc., A Place at the Table offers a powerful portrait of hunger in America and the absurdity of a food system that produces millions of tons of food that goes to waste while simultaneously leaving millions of Americans without enough to eat. It shows that while hunger is a growing epidemic in the US, we can fix it as we nearly did in the 1970’s, if enough people demand change. Discussion Guide.|
|Food, Inc., (94 min.), An exposé of factory farms, juxtaposed to humane practices — The documentary film, Food, Inc., provides a critical look at the industrialized nature of our country’s food supply. It explores the relationship between how our food is produced and human health, workers’ rights, animal welfare, and other global challenges. While revealing many concerns about our food system, the film also reminds us that we each have the ability to bring change to the system through our food choices. Warning: this film does contain graphic images related to our nation’s factory farm system.Discussion Guide.|
|Ingredients, (67 min., DVD), a Foodie’s delight with a new breed of farmer — Ingredients explores a thriving, youth-driven local food movement that connects sustainable, local farmers with fine chefs to reveal a match made in heaven. In a world that some say is becoming a more flavorless, disconnected and dangerous place to eat, Ingredients is a refreshing journey to discover better flavor and nutrition, and to reveal the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities. Appropriate for all ages.|
|Dirt! The Movie, (83 minutes, DVD) narrated by Jaime Lee Curis — The Movie–directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow–takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, “dirt is very much alive.” Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. “Drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.” DIRT! The Movie–narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil. DIRT! Discussion Guide.|
|Nourish: Food + Community [HD DVD],(30 minutes, DVD), narrated by Cameron Diaz — With beautiful visuals and inspiring stories, Nourish traces our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps. Nourish illustrates how food connects to such issues as biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice. In addition to a half-hour television special, the Nourish DVD includes a collection of 11 short films. Among the offerings: “Supermarket Secrets” with Michael Pollan, “Edible Education” with Alice Waters, and “Herbs” with Jamie Oliver. Appropriate for all ages. Special thanks to the Nourish Initiative (a Program of WorldLink) for its partnership on Cool Harvest. Discussion Guide.|