Films on Hunger

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

Hunger in America

Documentary 1968 CBS reports (Television program); CBS News. A researched study of hunger and malnutrition in the United States, showing views of Negro sharecroppers in Alabama, Navajo Indians in Arizona, starving tenant farmers near Washington, D.C. and improverished Mexican-Americans in San Antonio. Includes a discussion of surplus foods, stamps, and farm subsidy program of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Hidden in America

Drama 1996 PG-13 93 minutes. Bill Januson (Beau Bridges) is at the end of his rope. His wife has died, he’s lost his job, and he has no education or marketable skills to fall back on. He must find a way to provide for his family, but his fierce pride prevents him from accepting help from the well-intentioned — if somewhat misinformed — doctor (Bruce Davison) who treats Bill’s sick daughter. After facing obstacle after obstacle, will Bill swallow his pride and let him help?

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

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