We are what we eat. That can harming our body and wreck the planet, especially if our food choices are determined by mega corporations. While the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) negotiations are continued, many consumers fear the possible consequences: What is the real price of a sugar hit, a cheap bottle of wine, sushi every day or a ‘healthy’ protein-based diet? With the series Food is Power, the Bertha DocHouse in London presents five provocative, independent documentaries on the food we produce.
Food is Power kicks off on Friday 17 July with the multi award-winning documentary Our Daily Bread (2005) in which Nikolaus Geyrhalter provides an insight into the disturbing reality of industrialised food production. For That Sugar Film (2015), writer/ director Damon Gameau was consuming the Australian average of 40 teaspoons a day by eating only supposedly healthy, low-fat products. In his documentary he exposes what the corporate sugar industry strives to hide: that high sugar products lurk in the most unexpected places on supermarket shelves.
In Natural Resistance (2014), Jonathan Nossiter follows four wine growers in Tuscany who are seeking natural methods of winegrowing which comes down to a battle against the Goliath EU dictates. In Good Things Await (2014), Danish filmmaker Phie Ambo portrays an idealistic farmer who runs a biodynamic farm and distribute its products to some of the best restaurants around the world. But bureaucractic regulations threaten him to close down the farm.
The feature-length documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014) addresses the impact of animal agriculture on the environment. The film generated strong reactions. The filmmakers Kip Anderson & Keegan Kuhn received threats to their freedom and lives. Darren Aronofsky describes Cowspiracy as a “documentary that will rock and inspire the environmental movement”.
“Having a cinema screen dedicated to documentary film means we can programme themed seasons on issues that really matter”, says Elizabeth Wood, Director of Bertha DocHouse cinema screen which is situated in the newly-refurbished Curzon Bloomsbury, central London. “If you care about your health, the next generation’s health and the planet, this is a must-see season.”