Start at Thanksgiving and running all the way to the New Year, festival always stressed one thing: to eat. But before you sit on your holiday table, take a look about food, some great food documentary is a celebration of what we eat, and how, and others that will make you think twice about the list of relationship with food.
Food, Inc. (2009)
Director Robert Kenner creates a persuasive and utterly effective diatribe against 21st-century food production and eating practices in the U.S. He travels from slaughterhouses to agricultural conglomerates to family farms to explore the fallout of the ways we consume food. Discussing the obesity epidemic, health disasters like e. coli outbreaks and political apathy, Kenner highlights the crises that have come from the corporatization of food production in this country. Kenner makes no attempt to veil his personal opinions on the subject, but his effective interviews with writers Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and with the sympathetic lobbyist whose son died of e. coli from tainted meat, Kenner makes a convincing argument. He uses witty illustrations and some eccentric, but lovable, small-time players in the production chain to make an impressive case for a movement to non-mass-produced food. Little else will make you re-evaluate your eating habits like this groundbreaking film.