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DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: If 'A Place at the Table' Doesn't Make You Angry With Our Nation's Feeble War on Hunger, Nothing Will
The film will be released March 1 in theaters (good luck with that! If you live in Huntington, WV, for instance, the nearest theatrical showing is in Columbus, OH), on iTunes and On Demand everywhere. I checked with Amazon.com, where I learned that the DVD should be released soon.
One Nation. Underfed. And yet, we're the among the most obese people on the planet. A paradox that's explained easily enough: Junk food, processed food is cheaper for many people than healthy fruits and vegetables, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn't interested in subsidizing growers of fruits and vegetables the way they are for corn and wheat farmers.
Every documentary has to have a featured celebrity and for "A Place at the Table" the producers have chosen wisely: The Dude Himself, Jeff Bridges. He does a great job -- we all can identify with The Dude from the film "The Big Lebowski."
Fifty million people in the U.S.—including one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
Ultimately, "A Place at the Table" shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides – as they have in the past – that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.
From the publicity dept. of Participant Media:
For "A Place at the Table", Participant Media will convene a consortium of leading nonprofit organizations, experts and companies working to relieve the immediate urgency of hunger, as well as those working to solve the tough, complex issues that contribute to food insecurity in America. On March 1, the social action campaign will be launching a first-of-its-kind, national action center with the most important national and local actions from NGOs on the front lines of ending hunger in America.
In the meantime, we invite you to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. And on March 1, come back and Take Your Place in the fight to end hunger!
For screening and festival inquiries, please contact Sanaz Alesafar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile Source: Data sent via our mobile campaign is from Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap.
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