Films on Food

See also:

FILMS ON FOOD GROWING

FILMS ON FOOD GMO

FILMS ON JUNK FOOD

FILMS ON FOOD EATING

Fed Up

Documentary 2014 PG 90 minutes. The film focuses on the causes of obesity in the United States. It presents evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem. It points to the monied lobbying power of “Big Sugar” in blocking attempts to enact effective policies to address the issue. This eye-opening documentary examines the underlying causes behind the obesity epidemic, including the marketing strategies of major U.S. food producers. How did 60% of the country get so fat?  2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight, with 1 in 3 adults considered obese. Childhood obesity has become an ever-more serious medical issue in the United States. The film includes touching video self-portraits by young people who belong to the almost 17 percent of children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, who are considered obese. The obese parents who raise obese children — why aren’t they in the least bit curious as to how they’ve become 300 pounders when their ancestors were all normal. This film is an expose of the food industry’s pedaling of sugar-rich junk food to kids and the epidemic of obesity that has resulted from it. It rightly points to the chief villain in our food choices–sugar–as addictive and toxic. Sugar is clearly added to food products that historically had none in an effort to elicit a crave factor, so you can’t stop eating them. See Full Review

Killer at Large:
Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat

Documentary 2008 NR 1hr44m. This probing documentary explores the ever-expanding issue of obesity in America from individual, political, scientific and cultural perspectives. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the US today. But how did 60% of the country get so fat?  2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight, with 1 in 3 adults considered obese. Childhood obesity has become an ever-more serious medical issue in the United States. The film includes touching video self-portraits by young people who belong to the almost 17 percent of children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, who are considered obese. There are poignant moments, such as a 12 year old girl having liposuction. The film gives a range of reasons why we have this issue regarding obesity in America: school junk food, too much sugar, lack of information about high fructose corn syrup, portion sizes, television, intense advertising aimed at children, cozy cartoon characters hawking sugar, parents, food companies, politics, lobbying, greed, and economics. See Full Review

Super Size Me

Documentary 2004 PG-13 98 minutes. Director Morgan Spurlock takes a hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body, using himself as the proverbial guinea pig. For one month, Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald’s fare. See Full Review

McLibel

Documentary 2005 NR 85 minutes. Using carefully reenacted courtroom scenes, director Franny Armstrong brings the other trial of the century to life, chronicling the world-famous libel suit brought by fast-food franchise McDonald’s against British activists Helen Steel and Dave Morris. Far from focusing on hamburgers and fries, this fascinating documentary tells the story of two ordinary folks who endure a Big Mac attack of epic proportions — just for asking a simple question. “McLibel” is an enlightening, frightening, and intriguing documentary about two working-class folk (Helen Steele and Dave Morris) and their court battle against a global corporation’s attempts to quell dissent and free speech. It is also a revealing expose of the bombardment of advertising that is squarely aimed at children (“they exert immense influence on their parent’s choices of where to eat”); unsanitary and barbaric food processing; paltry wages; and fast food’s pronounced influence on obesity and health problems. Equally as appalling was McDonald’s expenditure of millions of dollars to hire a high-powered legal team, while David and Helen ended up representing themselves in court. Drained but determined, these two managed to fight their own battle, and at the completion of the longest court battle in British legal history, also established a Web site to keep the spotlight burning. (Note: lacking subtitles, the British accents in this film may be difficult to understand by Americans.)

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Documentary 2010 NR 97 minutes. Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path — including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables — that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health. See Full Review

Forks Over Knives

Documentary 2011 PG 96 minutes. Focusing on research by two food scientists, this documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of animal-based and modern processed foods have led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases. See Full Review

Food Matters

Documentary 2008 NR 80 minutes. With a staggering number of Americans suffering from obesity and other food-related maladies, this film takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health, and what we can do to live (and eat) better.See Full Review

Fast Food Nation

Drama 2006 R 113 minutes. Richard Linklater’s fictional tale (inspired by Eric Schlosser’s 2001 nonfiction book of the same name) critiques the junk-food juggernaut that’s arguably responsible for America’s alarming obesity rates. Greg Kinnear plays Don Henderson, a corporate exec of a national fast-food chain, who follows beef’s journey from the corrals to the slaughterhouses — and ultimately to your stomach. Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Bruce Willis co-star.

A Place at the Table

Documentary 2012 PG 1hr 24m. Using personal stories, this powerful documentary illuminates the plight of the 49 million Americans struggling with food insecurity. It is a startling fact that so many millions in the US don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Food insecurity is an invisible, but very real problem in our country. Of the developed world, the US ranks 23 in food security.  See Full Review

Vegucated

Documentary 2010 NR. Vegucated is a documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough.

Change Your Food, Change Your Life

Documentary 2005 NR 80 minutes. Nutrition expert Jill Ovnik explains why viewers should consider the vegan lifestyle and how to make the switch to an all-plant diet. In an informative and entertaining video, she explains how cutting out meat and dairy products can reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and other diseases, increase energy and help lose weight. She even leads a guided tour of a grocery store to show what to avoid buying and what will taste great.

Food Fight

Documentary 2008 NR 71 minutes. Discover the disturbing problems inherent in today’s food system with this insightful documentary, which profiles chef Alice Waters’s efforts to promote local, organic and sustainable agriculture as a delicious alternative to mass-produced fare. Such a good film on the importance of organic, sustainable gardening and foods. Also a brief history on GMO foods. This movie is amazing! I had no idea where my food came from, what was in it, and who controls what goes in it. Very well made documentary. I loved it. Informative and entertaining. Inspires me to buy local and grow something… and cook a real meal. Humans can eat natural unmodified food and that the body can process this easily, but it cannot process the modified food because we did not evolve to eating it. You either eat organic non-modified food or you don’t. From my point of view, this documentary is excellent as a whole, and it gives an emotional & historical touch to events in the history of the industrialized food system created in the 50s and 70s. I love it since it shows the ‘taste’ side of the real food ‘organics’ we Americans forgot because of the ambition of the food corporations.. To me this doc is an extension of Food Inc, still Food Inc still my favorite eye-opener documentary and the one that helped me change 180° the way my family eats, even though my family was vegetarian, it showed me what have been hidden from me by the companies and I came to discover how ‘vegetables’ are actually being grown in a manipulative manner by the corporations using chemicals created by companies that do not care about your health. Thanks again for this wonderful doc. Eat organic not only for good taste but also for the good of your kids. Organic is not the food of the future or something new, it have always been there, it was just hidden from us for money, by the food companies.

Hungry For Change

Documentary 2012 NR 1hr 29m.  This documentary exposes secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries don’t want consumers to know about: deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping people from having the body and health they want.

Best Food Ever

Documentary 2010 TV-PG 5 Episodes. “Best Food Ever” profiles America’s top food destinations and highlights what makes them the best in their culinary categories.

The Fruit Hunters
(Chasseurs de fruits)

Documentary 2012 NR 1hr35m. This luscious celebration of fruit showcases tasty treats and follows of host of enthusiasts searching for and creating new and rare variations. Lifted my spirits! Was eye-candy with wonderful music and happy, passionate people that compassionately educate about stewardship, and avoiding monocultures of our foods. The documentary has a phenomenal website full of details, including a fruit catalog/glossary, and that made my enjoyment of this documentary even more fulfilling Gotta love it — watching this little film led me to the website where I found a couple of recipes. Would recommend this film and watch again. If you stick around for the credits, the film actually does show a picture of each individual fruit with its common and Latin names. Adam Gollner was the inspiration for this film, which is a great addition to his book.

Resistance

Documentary 2014 TV-PG 1hr11m.  This documentary explores the declining efficacy of antibiotics and the recent alarming rise of drug-resistant microbes — so-called “superbugs.”  A very informative and interesting documentary that really changed how I feel about the subject of antibiotics and their overuse, especially in the US food industry. I highly recommend not only watching this yourself, but sharing it with friends and family, especially those who have children.

Perfect Cappuccino

Documentary 2008 NR 1hr 29m. In this personal essay-style documentary, one woman’s lifelong obsession with finding the perfect cappuccino pushes her to question her community, her country and our way of life. It’s an exploration of coffee culture and how it’s different in the US than in Italy where they have high standards for espresso beverages. Why? Perhaps because the Italian people wouldn’t stand for anything less. And so they raised their standards of life in a way. Many Americans are somewhat unsophisticated when it comes to coffee, so some coffeehouses add syrups or cinnamon etc. so customers won’t be able to tell the coffee is low quality.

Sushi: The Global Catch

Documentary 2012 NR 1hr 14m. This documentary traces the history of sushi from its origins as Japanese street food to its current status as an internationally popular cuisine.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Documentary 2011 PG 1hr 22m. This documentary profiles sushi chef Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old master whose 10-seat, $300-a-plate restaurant is legendary among Tokyo foodies.

The End of the Line

Documentary 2009 PG 1hr 22m. Filmmaker Rupert Murray traverses the world exposing the devastating effects that overfishing with modern technology is having on fish stocks and exploring the real solutions to solve the crisis.

Three Stars
(Drei Sterne: Die Köche und die Sterne)

Documentary 2010 NR 1hr 33m. Focusing on nine Michelin-starred chefs from three continents, filmmaker Lutz Hachmeister reveals the real business of cooking on the highest level

Vanishing of the Bees

Documentary 2009 NR 87 minutes. This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population. It’s a phenomenon with a name — Colony Collapse Disorder — The cause and effect relationship of Bayer’s systemic chemicals used in France, and subsequently banned (with the bees returning within a year) as well as the studies done in the U.S. (proving the chemicals build up in the honey/pollen of the hives) and why so few studies have actually been done (the companies profiting from the chemical sales are responsible for doing the studies – a policy of the EPA.) The monoculture discussion was very clearly an explanation of why the farmers must use these chemicals – because with monoculture a single pest is able to become a massive problem when the entire farm is a food source. This is also why they recommend eating organic (no pesticides), using your local farmer’s market (no monoculture) or even setting up your own garden (full control over what’s put on your crops.) This was not “leftist propaganda.” It was an explanation of the problem, the primary and most likely cause – based on facts, science, and experience; and a series of potential solutions.

Colony

Documentary 2009 NR 1hr 24m. What is bee colony collapse disorder and how does it impact America’s food supply? This documentary explores how the deaths of millions of bees threaten the livelihoods of many beekeepers and the nation’s crops.

The Cove

Documentary 2009 PG-13 92 minutes. Reveals slaughter of wild dolphins for food in Japan. Daring animal activists arrive with surveillance equipment at a scenic cove in Taijii, Japan, to capture footage of a secretive and heavily guarded operation run by the world’s largest supplier of dolphins. As the group sets out to expose the horrifying truths behind the capture of dolphins for the lucrative tourist industry, they also uncover an environmental catastrophe. Louie Psihoyos directs this riveting, Oscar-winning documentary.

Kings of Pastry

Documentary 2009 NR 84 minutes. Acclaimed documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus venture inside the deliciously cutthroat Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the legendary French pastry competition, to capture this fascinating account of what it takes to be the best “patissier.”

Bottle Shock

Docudrama 2008 PG-13 110 minutes. France’s position as the world’s top wine producer went unchallenged until 1976, when the Montelena Winery put California wines on the map — a story delightfully told in this full-bodied tale about the heady early days of Napa Valley’s success.

The Beautiful Truth

Documentary 2008 NR 1hr 31m. This documentary follows the journey of Garrett Kroschel, an animal-loving teenager raised in Alaska who, after reading a book by Dr. Max Gerson, is inspired to investigate its premise that diet can cure cancer and other diseases. Garrett travels across the country, visiting with physicians, scientists and cancer survivors to discuss Gerson Therapy — and Gerson’s claim that the medical industry has suppressed natural cancer cures for years.

King Corn

Documentary 2007 NR 90 minutes. In Aaron Woolf’s thought-provoking documentary, friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move back to America’s Corn Belt to plant an acre of the nation’s most-grown and most-subsidized grain and follow their crop into the U.S. food supply.

Tortillanomics: Food or Fuel?
The Competition for Mexico’s Corn

Documentary Frontline / World 2008. Mexico is among many countries worldwide dealing with unrest caused by rising food prices. Frontline/World reporter Malia Wollan discovers that increasing demand for corn-based biofuel in the United States is driving up the cost of Mexico’s staple food, the tortilla.

Good Food

Documentary Media That Matters 2006 NR 77 minutes. From the importance of asparagus to the marketing of Sunny Delight, 16 short documentaries explore how issues of free trade and sustainability affect the foods we consume and the world we inhabit. Titles include “Asparagus! (A Stalk-umentary),” “Broken Limbs: Searching for the New American Farmer,” “Inch by Inch: Providence Youth Gardens for Change,” “Profit Cola,” “Terminator Tomatoes,” “One More Dead Fish” and “The Meatrix.”

McLibel

Documentary 2005 NR 85 minutes. Using carefully reenacted courtroom scenes, director Franny Armstrong brings the other trial of the century to life, chronicling the world-famous libel suit brought by fast-food franchise McDonald’s against British activists Helen Steel and Dave Morris. The two activists were sued my McDonald’s for handing out fliers critical of Mc Donald’s. They refused to apologize, and the trial lasted over a year. They did not have a lawyer and represented themselves in an attempt to prove that their claims were not false. This is the story of a big corporation making a mistake and suing people for speaking their mind… which leads to these same people still speaking their mind, except now they have a national (and unltimately international) stage. It shows the extent that companies are willing to go to, simply to protect their profit. Far from focusing on hamburgers and fries, this fascinating documentary tells the story of two ordinary folks who endure a Big Mac attack of epic proportions — just for asking a simple question. This is an enlightening, frightening, and intriguing documentary, of two working-class folk and their court battle against a global corporation’s attempts to quell dissent and free speech. It is also a revealing expose of the bombardment of advertising that is squarely aimed at children (“they exert immense influence on their parent’s choices of where to eat”); unsanitary and barbaric food processing; mechanized working environments and paltry wages; and fast food’s influence on obesity and health problems. Equally as appalling was McDonald’s expenditure of millions of dollars to hire a high-powered legal team, whilst David and Helen ended up representing themselves in court. Drained but determined, these two managed to fight their own battle, and also to establish a Web site to keep the spotlight burning. The documentary is a wake-up call for more responsible consumerism, and even more significantly, for greater participation in the world in which we live.

The Natural History of the Chicken

Documentary 2001 NR 60 minutes. Although chicken is a staple in the diet of most Americans, the history of this tasty bird has yet to be really explored — until now. Poultry is as popular as ever as an entrée choice, and this tongue-in-cheek documentary sets out to uncover the truth about the bird that has touched the lives, and stomachs, of so many. Included are amusing and often surprisingly touching stories that will forever change your view of the flavorful fowl.

Dive!: Living Off America’s Waste

Documentary 2010 NR 52m. Digging into the hidden recesses of the American food industry, this eye-opening documentary reveals the appalling amount of edible, nutritious goods that are thrown away — wasted — every day in a nation where millions of citizens still go hungry.

The Gleaners and I
(Les glaneurs et la glaneuse)

Documentary 2000 NR. About gleaners finding food after harvests in French fields. Inspired by Jean-François Millet’s famous painting “Les Glaneuses,” filmmaker Agnes Varda strikes out with just a hand-held digital camera in search of the modern equivalent of Millet’s grain field gleaners. She finds her quarry at dumpsters, outdoor markets and roadsides across France. Varda’s no-holds-barred documentary about scavengers and recyclers is an insouciant treat from beginning to end, with an unexpectedly obtuse perspective.

Babette’s Feast
(Babettes gæstebud)

Drama 1987 G 103 minutes. Philippa and Martina turn down a chance to leave their town, instead staying to care for their father. Decades later, Philippa and Martina take in a French woman who prepares a grand feast in gratitude — a lavish meal eclipsed only by her secret.

Soylent Green

Sci-Fi 1973 PG 97 minutes. Set in a polluted, congested New York City in 2022, this sci-fi thriller stars Charlton Heston as Robert Thorn, a gumshoe looking into the murder of a corporate executive (Joseph Cotten) whose company makes a nutritious synthetic food called Soylent Green. But in the process of tracking down the killer, Thorn unearths shocking information about the product’s ingredients. The cast also includes the great Edward G. Robinson in his last film

Modern Meat

Documentary Frontline 2002. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control found that a single fast-food hamburger contained beef from more than 100 cows. In the last few decades, American meat production has become a highly mechanized and centralized industry, bringing about significant changes not only in the way meat is produced but also in the way Americans eat. These changes have forced the U.S. Department of Agriculture to institute a new meat inspection process, which gives far greater control to the powerful meat industry. This spring, Frontline investigates the modern meat industry and the safety of our current meat supply.

In Our Children’s Food

Documentary Frontline 1993. Frontline traces the 30 year history of US pesticide use, regulation and scientific study and explores what is and is not known about the risks of agricultural chemicals in our food. The program, reported by Bill Moyers, examines how the government has failed to certify pesticide safety and why the only source of data on the safety of pesticides is the industry that profits from them.

To the Last Fish

Documentary Frontline 1991. Correspondent Al Austin looks at the mass environmental destruction of the world’s fisheries caused by new technologies in the fishing industry. Interviews with fishermen, businessmen, scientists, and government leaders reveal how the vital marine resource is in a dangerous state of decline.

See Also:

FILMS ON FOOD GROWING

FILMS ON FOOD GMO

FILMS ON JUNK FOOD

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