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Your Dinner and a Movie

By May 20, 2009

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 Photo Name I recently attended an advanced press screening for the film, "Food, Inc.," which brings to life the works of writers and food activists, Michael Pollan ("The Omnivore's Dilemma") and Eric Schlosser ("Fast Food Nation").

I'm a chef, not a movie critic, but for me it had everything I love in a documentary - it was funny, sad, scary, thought-provoking, and left me wanting to learn a lot more. To read books about our dysfunctional food system is one thing, but to see it splashed (literally, in some cases) across the big screen was something else altogether.

It made me wonder how many of us, strolling through grocery aisles, realize that a small handful of huge corporations control almost everything we eat. The movie does a great job of exposing just how far these companies are willing to go to keep you from understanding what's really going on. Ignorance may be bliss, but it's also very profitable.

Using a fascinating juxtaposition between the dark, disturbing subject matter and the film's colorful images, interesting characters, and ironically upbeat music, the filmmaker delivers an entertaining and engaging narrative.

If you eat food, or know someone that eats food, you really should see this movie. "Food, Inc." opens in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on June 12th, and then in selected theaters nationally in July. If you would like more information about the film, please check out the Food Inc. website.

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