The 20th year of the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival is on this weekend until October 20th, 2019.
I was able to preview 3 of the 4 Food Related Documentaries showing at the festival this year.
I have a soft spot for these documentaries because of my love of all things food and my interest in the sustainability of the food for future generations.
These films are all different but similar in the fact that there is a goal surrounded by what is best for the food industry and the people that are fed by them.
by Josh Murphy
United States | English | 2019 | 75min | Documentary
This documentary was visually stunning and mezmerizing to watch but also very thought provoking. It is hard to reconcile the benefits of doing what is good for the environment with feeding people in the future and the battle between the fishermen who know what the costs are to the science and political figures who make the decisions that affect the fishermen and the public.
Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story
by Tim Shephard
Rated G+/Mexico/English, Spanish/2019/85 min/Documentary
I wasn't able to see this film but I am really looking forward to it because of course anything related to chocolate will be interesting of course.
When Tomatoes Met Wagner
by Marianna Economou
Greece | English, French, Greek | 2019 | 72min | Documentary
This documentary was a little slower paced on the journey of a small community of people who are trying to produce a product that they want to spread to other countries. They believed that music affects the quality of their products and they believe their product is superior to others because of the nature of the territory it comes from. They are very proud of their accomplishment with a few mature women and a determined man with a vision.
by Enrico Parenti, Stefano Liberti
Italy | English, Chinese, Portuguese | 2018 | 65min | Documentary
This film speaks to the fight between large scale production and small scale farming practices and what it costs the communities surrounding the areas that take over large scale farming practices have to deal with on a daily basis. This film makes you think that there must be a better way of communicating the importance of good practices that are sustainable and beneficial to everyone now and for generations to come. It's very sad at the destruction caused by greed of people who are only concerned with the money that can be made in the Pork industry.
THE GAME CHANGERS
by Louie Psihoyos
United States | English | 2018 | 88min | Documentary
I highly recommend this film. I saw it over a year ago and was blown away by it. If you are a meat eater and hate your veggies and think that you need protein to be strong then you need to watch this film because it will change your opinion on what a plant based diet can do for someone's body.
The film is smart, funny and informative and there are many surprises that you will love in this gem of a documentary.