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    Super Size Me

    Super Size Me

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    Released 2004
    Super Size Me is a documentary film by Morgan Spurlock that takes aim at fast food giant Ronald McDonald, doing an experiment where for 30 days he only eats McDonalds. Spurlock ate McDonalds 3 times a day, supersizing his meal when possible. The film documents the physical and psychological effects it had on him, causing huge changes in his body, while experiencing drastic mood swings and sexual dysfunction. Spurlock was motivated to do this experiment because of the current obesity epidemic in America, and to show the corporate influence of the fast food industry as well as it's questionable practices in the name of profit. Super Size Me is a humorous yet scary look at the fast food industry, and one of the highest grossing documentaries ever.moreless
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    Food Inc.

    Food Inc.

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    Released 2009
    Food Inc. is a documentary on corporate farming directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner and narrated by "The Omnivore's Dilemma" author Michael Pollan and "Fast Food Nation" author Eric Schlosser. The film examines the effects and costs of industrial farming to the consumer, the farmers, the environment and the economy. The film uncovers the facts about industrial meat, grain, and vegetable production, calling these methods economically and environmentally unstable. Food Inc. also examines the power of these large corporations, and how their economic and legal power affects our pockets and health. Heavily criticized by the corporations involved, the film takes a eye-opening look at the truths behind our food.moreless
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    Beer League

    Beer League

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    Released 2007
    Beer, broad and baseball combine with hilarious results in Artie Lange's Beer League ... an over-the-top comedy about a group of misfits whose weekly softball games seem to have a lot more to do with getting into fights for macho dominance than hitting home runs. Artie is an unemployed and unmotivated drunk that is predictably still living with his mother. He is on a losing softball team, and he and his teammates are facing the end of softball as they know it if they can't pull it together. When love enters his life, it unexpectedly alters Artie's low self-esteem and the odds for winning, not only the league trophy, but a new life is certainly looking up. He and his teammates will have to do for the win, and survive all the comedy and the chaos along the way.moreless
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    Soul Food

    Soul Food

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    Released 1997
    Soul Food is an intense family drama centering on the Joseph family, a tight-knit, African-American family from Chicago. The story is told from the perspective of narrator Ahmad Simmons (Brandon Hammond), an eleven-year old member of the extended Joseph family. Big Mama Joe (Irma P. Hall) is the matriarch of the Joseph family, her weekly Sunday dinners being the glue that holds the family together. When Big Mama suffers a stroke and slips into a coma, the family slowly starts to drift apart. Her daughters, Teri (Vanessa Williams), Maxine (Vivaca A. Fox), and Robyn "Bird" Joseph (Nia Long), have always relied on Big Mama's wisdom and guidance. Without her presence in their lives, the sisters allow petty bickering and old wounds to disrupt the family bonds and soon find themselves bickering over everything. Ahmad, Big Mama's favorite grandchild, instinctively knows what his grandmother would do in this situation and hatches a plot to reunite the shattered family at Big Mama's dinner table. Will a hearty helping of soul food be enough to heal the wounds within the Joseph family? Soul Food's terrific ensemble cast also features Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach and Jeffrey D. Sams.moreless
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    The Future Of Food

    The Future Of Food

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    Released 2007
    The Future of Food is a compelling documentary about the prevalence of genetically enhanced food across the world. The film delves into the truths behind the vaguely-labelled, chemically-engineered food which stocks most shelves is supermarkets today. Deborah Koons Garcia, director of the film, explains the impact such technological processes have had on small-time farmers, and juxtaposes their stories against the stories of corporate and political forces who have undoubtedly profited from their implementation. There are several ethical issues at stake with the use of these technologies, and yet not much is done to stop these processes from evolving. The film takes a comprehensive approach, attacking the issues from all angles. Furthermore, the topic is presented in an easy way, although the nature of the content is not easy to swallow - the facts in this movie will alarm you. If you are a fan of Food Inc., you will most likely enjoy The Future of Food.moreless
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    Anatomy Of A Springroll

    Anatomy Of A Springroll

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    Released 1994
    Anatomy of a Springroll is a 1994 documentary about the meeting of two different cultures. Filmmaker Paul Kwan left Vietnam as a child when his father helped him escape the dangerous political turmoil of Saigon. Ever since then, Kwan has been a resident of San Francisco, but his heart is still drawn to the life, culture and family he left in Vietnam. Kwan believes that food is able to speak a louder and more eloquent language than words, and so uses food as the basis for his exploration of the two countries he considers home. Kwan creates an artistic and heartfelt visual tribute to the US and Vietnam. He turns to many international dishes to explain both the secrets of the past and his hope for the future. In the process, Kwan provides insight into his own identity and the identities of everyone who has ever straddled two different cultures at the same time.moreless
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    Burger Town

    Burger Town

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    Released 2008
    Burger Town is a unique documentary about the rise of the hamburger to its status of American icon in modern society. Americans love their burgers, but few realize in the quick trip through the drive through that there is a complicated history that gave the burger its central cultural role. The film interviews key founders of fast food chains, including a personal history of McDonald's as narrated by Richard J. McDonald. The documentary singles out Los Angeles as the center of the burger industry. The city has a fascinating history that led it to be the home of some of the best burger joints in the world. It's also the birthplace of both the drive through and the drive in. The film is peppered with commercials for restaurants serving hamburgers from throughout the history of television. A fun and curious history, it's a brilliant chronicle rightly subtitled, "America's love affair with the hamburger." The film stimulates both a critical awareness of the movements of popular culture and also an appetite for a good meal.moreless
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    Wine for the Confused

    Wine for the Confused

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    Released 2004
    Wine for the Confused is a light-hearted documentary film about the ins-and-outs of the wine industry and is hosted by British personality John Cleese. Intended for novices, the film teaches the viewer wine terminology, what experienced wine tasters really look for in a wine as well as how to store and serve wine. Dispensing with the jargon and snobbery surrounding wine, Cleese covers the six major varieties of grapes used in wine production, which include Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Proper pronunciation of these varieties is a plus, according to Cleese, but not mandatory. Enjoyment of wine is the goal. He also gives a vocabulary lesson in words used to describe wines, the actual process of wine fermentation and provides a common sense buying guide, focused on value. This documentary is intended as a practical advice guide to give the confused wine lover confidence when surrounded by snobs.moreless
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    Pure and Simple

    Pure and Simple

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    Released 2009
    Pizza may seem like just food to many, but it is way more to a do-it-yourself, detail-obsessed, rigorous artist, lost in the universe he has created for himself. Anthony Mangieri has been making pizza for 21 years now. He began baking as a child, and his passion and rigor have driven him ever since. "Do a few things, but do them right" is his drive. Every day he makes fresh dough and serves pizza with the care and awareness of a monk; he believes perfection is achieved by subtracting ingredients and truth is to be searched in the simplest of things.moreless
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    A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a Flying Saucer

    A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a Flying Saucer

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    Released 2006
    In the tradition of 'Chocolat' comes 'Sweet Potato Pie.'
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    Milk Matters

    Milk Matters

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    Released 2005
    Whatcha drinkin'? Watcha eatin'? Using the Raw Milk Debate in Ontario as a starting point, this short film then delves into issues on Blind Food Consumption.
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    Food Flight

    Food Flight

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    Released 2008
    A filmmaker's exploration of where her food comes from.
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    The Killing of a Chinese Cookie

    The Killing of a Chinese Cookie

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    Released 2008
    For nearly a century, people have turned to this prophetic dessert for advice, inspiration and even winning lottery combinations. While the fortune cookie has been a source of fascination and a Chinese cuisine staple in North America, it remains nearly non-existent in China. THE KILLING OF A CHINESE COOKIE examines the heated debate over the true origin of the fortune cookie, the mixing of eastern and western cultures that produced it, and the cookie's rise from a simple pastry to a pop culture phenomenon.moreless
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    Dark Fields

    Dark Fields

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    Released 2010
    A carefree trip to a concert becomes a living nightmare for Taylor, Justine and their friends. Stranded, cold and out of gas, these teens are about to discover the grisly truth behind the slaughter season.moreless
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    The Historic Pubs of Dublin

    The Historic Pubs of Dublin

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    Released 2008
    Historic Pubs of Dublin is a 2008 PBS travel documentary that brings attention to some of Dublin's most storied drinking establishments. Ireland has long been famous for its production of fine beers and whiskeys, so if there is one thing it has in spades, it would be pubs. The capital's oldest (where age in tallied in centuries) are known for both their classical atmospheres and for the quality of their pints. Led by late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, the film takes a tour around the city, soaking in the sights and sounds of a proud drinking tradition. In addition to the pubs, attention is paid to other significant sites in Dublin, including Jameson Distillery, Guinness Brewery, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Grafton Street, St. Patrick's Cathedral, city parks, and more. With a keen eye for detail, McCourt illuminates the informative and entertaining histories of these sites and how they tell the story of Ireland itself.moreless
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    How to Cook Your Life

    How to Cook Your Life

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    Released 2007
    How to Cook Your Life is a documentary, which was released in 2007, and directed by Doris Dorrie. It focuses on Edward Espe Brown at his home in San Francisco and as he teaches a class in Australia. He has made it his mission for over forty years to spread the message of Zen cooking. He teaches people that cooking is an event that one should bring one's self to, and that it should be about more than just nutrition. According to Brown, cooking is an act of love and generosity. The goal, as the tagline of the film says, is to "find nirvana in the kitchen." In contrast to Brown's message, the film shows behind-the-scenes footage at fast food restaurants. The film is meant to be uplifting and inspirational and the audience gets a good picture of who Edward Espe Brown really is as he teaches with wit and humor.moreless
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    Big Bry's Western Style BBQ

    Big Bry's Western Style BBQ

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    Released 2006
    Big Bry's Western Style BBQ offers barbecue tips from former professional bull rider Big Bry (Bryon Davis). Western style barbecue depends on smoke to flavor the meat, which can range from chicken, pork and beef to wild game such as venison and wild boar. Big Bry delivers his instruction in Santa Maria barbecuing with humor and skill. The recipes are presented in a manner that everyone from beginner to professional can follow. He discusses the importance of choosing the right wood for your fire, from the size of the wood and moisture content, to how to know when the fire is ready for cooking. One of the keys to successful Western style barbecue is keeping the fire going at the right temperature to achieve that slow-cooked, smoky taste. He also shares secrets for dry rubs, injection sauces, meat stuffing, marinades and wet sauces. With the easy-to-follow techniques, everyone can prepare mouth-watering dishes in their own backyard.moreless
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    Mondovino

    Mondovino

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    Released 2005
    Mondovino, one of only four documentaries to ever be nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, explores the winemaking business and the impact that globalization is having upon it. Director Jonathan Nossitor produced this tour de force documentary, originally a project undertaken with a small budget to fill time between other projects, using only a single hand-held camera and conducting one-on-one interviews with subjects in the wine business world-wide. The interviews include winemakers and critics from seven different countries, on three different continents, discussing nineteen different wineries. Mondovino is especially intent on focusing on the relationship between the huge international wine producers and the smaller and, often times, family owned and operated wineries. Hailed by Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune as "a knowledgeable work and so pleasantly obsessed with its subject that it will interest even audiences whose attraction to wine is only casual," anyone who enjoys a good glass of wine will enjoy this insightful documentary as well.moreless
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    McLibel

    McLibel

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    Released 2005
    McLibel is a 2005 documentary about two activists in England who take on McDonald's in the country's longest running trial. The two activists, Helen Steel (a gardener) and Dave Morris (a postal worker), were members of a group called London Greenpeace. The organization began handing out a leaflet entitled, "What's Wrong with McDonalds, Everything They Don't Want You to Know?" which criticized many of the business practices of the corporation. McDonald's fought back by hiring spies to infiltrate the group, and in turn, decided to sue five members of the group, including Steel and Morris. What McDonald's did not know was that nonprofit groups are exempt from libel suits, and though three of the other members decided to issue apologies to avoid further attention, Steel and Morris did not. Eventually, the two became known as the McLibel 2 as they took on McDonald's in a court case that would change their lives forever. McLibel was directed Franny Armstrong.moreless
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    Eating Well for Optimum Health

    Eating Well for Optimum Health

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    Released 2000
    Eating Well for Optimum Health is an informational film, available through Netflix, in which Harvard alumn Dr. Andrew Weil explains how to achieve better health. Dr. Weil outlines his nutritional guidelines for a healthier self and a higher quality of life in the film, similarly as he does in the book upon which the film is based. By breaking his guidelines down into a simple layout, centered around seven overarching principles, Dr. Weil simplifies dense information and makes it accessible to general audiences. For anyone who wants to better understand how food relates to everyday life'on personal, cultural, and social levels'Dr. Weil's Eating Well for Optimum Health is a valuable resource on the educational journey to health. Lean the truth about fat, carbohydrates, and proteins, and discover the healing possibilities that abound in vitamins and minerals. Eating Well for Optimum Health is a great tool in the journey towards a healthier life.moreless
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