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Nikolaus Geyrhalter's amazing documentary shows the places where food is produced: surreal landscapes plasticized and optimized for tractors and agricultural machinery, clean rooms in cool industrial buildings designed to ensure logistic efficiency, machines that require uniform materials for smooth processing. What might look like something from the world of science fiction is reality. Our food is produced in spectacular spaces which are seldom seen. Theres little space for humans here.
OUR DAILY BREAD shows the industrial production of food as a reflection of our societys values: plenty of everything, made quickly and simply by a specialized few. Dispensing with commentary and explanatory interviews, the film unfolds on the screen like a disturbing dream: a detailed feast of images, an insistent gaze, accompanied by whirring, clattering, booming, slurping, the machines hydraulic breathingonly the screeching of chickens is louder.
"Superb! The films formal elegance, moral underpinning and
intellectually stimulating point of view also make it essential. Takes
us inside worlds of wonder and of terror."
Manohla Dargis, New York Times
Hi D-Worders! I'd like to welcome you to the theatrical premiere of BLOCKADE and AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER at Film Forum in NYC from March 14 - 27.
BLOCKADE (2005, 52
min.) by Sergei Loznitsa
During the siege of Leningrad, hundreds of thousands died in one of the longest battles of World War II. This compilation film uses newly discovered silent footage and a meticulously reconstructed soundtrack to place us in the middle of the streets as the citizens attempt normal life while starvation and cold descend upon them.
PHOTOGRAPHER (2004, 26 min.) by Irina Gedrovich
Gerhard M. was an amateur photographer sent to the Eastern Front as a German soldier. He took along a camera to record his combat experiences as he and his unit marched into the Soviet Union. Based on his wartime diary and photo album, Gerhard M. was later tried and executed for war crimes by the Soviet Union.
Tickets for the program go on sale online on March 7. For showtimes, directions and to purchase tickets, visit the Film Forum website.
REAL TO REEL DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES @ CINEMA ARTS CENTRE OUR DAILY BREAD
Members $9 Public $12 (w/reception & book signing) Advance reservations recommended
Guest Speaker: Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, NYU. Author of What to Eat and Food Politics
Superb! Part of the films brilliance is how it lays out the images and their wells of meaning with such cool deliberation. Manohla Dargis, NY Times
A mesmerizing and illuminating look at our brave new world of technological food production, Our Daily Bread screens at Real to Reel: Cinema Arts Centres ongoing documentary film series on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30pm. Discussion, book signing and wine and cheese reception follows the film with Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU & Author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health ,who will sign this & her latest book, What to Eat . Members $9 Public $12 Advance reservations recommended: 631-423-7611 or CAC box office 423 Park Ave, Huntington
Germany, 2005, 92 min., color Director/writer/cinematographer: Nikolaus Geyrhalter Co writer: Wolfgang Widerhofer
New York Film Festival Grand Prize: Paris Festival of Films on the Environment Best Film: ECOCINEMA