Here are the food films we think are a must watch. Feel free to contact us if you come across another film you think we should list.
- GMO OMG (2013) By Jeremy Seifert. 84 min. In this documentary, Jeremy Seifert takes along his family to explore how GMOs affect our children, health, planet and freedom. Along the way he highlights how the systematic corporate takeover and potential loss of humanity’s most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds.
- Seeds of Freedom (2012) By the Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network. 30 min. Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system. [Threats/Industrial Agriculture]
- Bitter Seeds (2010) By Micha Peled. This film examines the worldwide debate over the changes created by industrial agriculture through genetically modified seeds. Promoted as a solution to world hunger, on the ground, these practices hurt many small-scale farmers, especially in India, where an epidemic of farmer suicides is ongoing. [Threats/Industrial Agriculture]
- Hijacked Future (2008) By David Springbett. 43 min. For 10,000 years farmers planted and saved their seeds, but now control of seeds – and control of our food crops – has shifted into the hands of a few multinational corporations. [Threats/Industrial Agriculture]
- Seeds Blong Yumi (2008) By Seed Savers. 58 min. “Our Seeds” addresses the problems of globalised food based on hybrids that require pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. The film shows how individuals and small groups have solved these problems. [Solutions/Community Action]
- Saving the Seed (2010) By Scott Turner and Claire Kane Boychuk. 20 min. This short film looks at a team of farmer-scientists from the hillsides of Honduras, on the frontlines of food sovereignty and climate change research. [Threats/Public Policy]
- Seeds of Domination (2009) By the Organization for Competitive Markets. 5 to 6 min each. These short films explore the danger that America is headed increasingly towards monopoly over seeds, and thus our food supply. [Threats/Industrial Agriculture]
- Banking Diversity (2009) By Sheila Petzold and USC Canada. 8 min. Based on footage from Ethiopia, this short film explores the critical role that seed saving and seed diversity play in ensuring a stable global food supply, now and into the future. [Solutions/Conservation]
- Diverseeds Documentary Film (2009) By the Organization for International Dialogue and Conflict Management. 50 min. This documentary shows why biodiversity is important for agriculture and how it is conserved and used in many different locations in Europe and Asia. [Solutions/Conservation]
- Food, Inc (2009) By Robert Kenner. 94 min. Shows how the American food system is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. [Threats/Industrial Agriculture]
- Fresh: The Movie (2009) By Ana Sofia Joanes. 72 min. Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing their food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. [Solutions/Community Action]
- The World According to Monsanto (2008) By Marie Monique Robin. 109 min. The gigantic bio-tech corporation Monsanto is threatening to destroy the agricultural biodiversity which has served mankind for thousands of years. [Threats/Industrial Agriculture]
- Our Daily Bread (2005) By Nikolaus Geyrhalter. 92 min. To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines the film looks, without commenting, into the places where food is produced: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds – a cool, industrial environment which leaves little space for individualism. [Threats/Industrial Agriculture]
- What’s on Your Plate (2009) By Catherine Gund. 76 min. This is a witty and provocative documentary produced and directed by award-winning Catherine Gund about kids and food politics. Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain.
- King Corn (2007) By Aaron Woolf. 88 min. This feature documentary examines two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives the fast-food nation. [Threats/Public Policy]
- Asparagus (2007) By Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. 53 min. Examines US farmers’ struggle to combat the massive import of Peruvian asparagus. The film illustrates the communities commitment to asparagus by traveling with Mrs. Asparagus and the local asparagus advocacy group. [Threats/Lifestyle]
- Bullshit (2005) By Pea Holmquist & Suzanne Khardalian. 73 min. Features activists in India and their attempts to change the world through local and global action. Film examines the impact that GE seeds and chemicals have had on farming in India and around the world and resistance by farmers’ movements. [Solutions/Food Sovereignty]
- Tapped (2009) by Stephanie Soeching and Jason Lindsey. 90 min. Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like other items on the market? Tapped is a timely behind-the- scenes documentary that explores an industry that aims to privatize and sell one resource that everyone should have access to: water. This shocking documentary sheds light on the bottled water industry and the communities that they tap.
- The Story of Food (2009) By Sheila Petzold. 6 min. A short animated film to get you thinking about what is wront with our broken food system and what we can do to rebuild it. [Solutions/Community Action]
- The Chocolate Farmer (2011) By Rohan Fernando. 70 min. In an unspoiled corner of southern Belize, cacao farmer Eladio Pop manually works his plantation in the tradition of his Mayan ancestors: as a steward of the land. But as the Pop family struggles to preserve their values, the world around them suddenly and dramatically changes. [Solutions/Ecological Agriculture]
- Terminator Tomatoes (2001) By Suzanne Twining. 5 min. A farmer and his daughter get in too deep with a crop of genetically modified tomatoes (Animated). [Threats/Industrial Agriculture]
- Dive! (2009) By Jeremy Seifert. 55 min. The multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food — resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action.
- Taste of Waste (2010) By Valerie Thurn. 92 min. This documentary focuses its lens on food waste. It won the Best Film of 2011 in Germany’s Altantis Environment and Nature Film Festival and a Documentary Film Award at EKOFILM International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
- To Make A Farm (2011) By Steven Suderman. 73 min. To Make A Farm explores the lives of five young people who have decided to become small-scale farmers. They face daily challenges and set-backs, but their work and optimism inspires hope for the future. An intimate and practical exploration of farming and local food. [Solutions/Ecological Agriculture]
- Land Awakening (2011) By Raúl Álvarez. 89 min. Inspired by his son’s voyage to learn about organic farming in Spain. The odyssey expands around the Mediterranean and Canada, warmly portraying compelling characters living sustainably. [Solutions/Ecological Agriculture]
- Dirt! The Movie (2009) By Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow. 86 min. This film tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. It features global visionaries offering practical solutions for repairing this natural resource. [Solutions/Community Action]
- Mad City Chickens (2009) By Tashai Lovington and Robert Lughai. 80 min. This is a sometimes whimsical, sometimes serious look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. [Solutions/Community Action]
- Return to Nepal (2008) By Robert Lang. 46 min. A documentary film chronicling singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn’s visit to Humla – a region nestled in the Himalayan Mountains. There he found a land where farmers still work the steep mountain slopes and live in remote villages connected by an ancient network of footpaths. [Solutions/Conservation]
- Affirming Life and Diversity: Rural Images and Voices on Food Sovereignty in South India (2008) By the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Deccan Development Society (DDS), and women’s sanghams (Indian village associations of the poor). Various lengths. The films, which were shot by village women, deal with the struggle by farmers in the drylands of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to develop socially and ecologically sustainable ways of living and farming. [Solutions/Food Sovereignty]
- Table Land (2007) By Craig Noble. 74 min. Tableland is a culinary expedition in search of the people, place, and taste of North American small-scale sustainable food production. From the Orchards of the interior if BC, the Napa Highlands, rural Quebec and everywhere in between, Tableland showcases the successful production of tasty, local, and seasonal food from field to plate. [Solutions/Community Action]
- Land Rush: Why Poverty (2012) By Hugo Berkeley & Osvalde Lewat. 58 min. In the stampede on Africa for oil, diamonds, minerals and natural resources, Mali has a lower-octane but equally valuable asset; agricultural land. This documentary explores how it is possible that despite this tangible wealth the country and its farmers still live in poverty.
- Glen, Garry, and Ross (2011) By Oxfam International. 3 min. A film about land grabs, based on Glengarry Glen Ross, the 1992 film where real-estate salesmen will do anything to make a profit. [Threats/Power-structure]
- La reine malade (The Ailing Queen) (2009) By Pascal Sanchez. 90 min. A look into the collapse of bee colonies and what is causing this disturbing trend. The importance of bees to our agricultural system is also examined. [Threats/Industrial Agriculture]
- Public Forum on Agrofuels (2008) By Sheila Forsyth and USC Canada. Various lengths. Recorded April 30, 2008 at Crops, Cars & Climate Crisis, an international public forum on agrofuels held at Bronson Centre in Ottawa. [Threats/Public Policy]
- Potatoes on the Front Line Against Poverty (2008) By The UN Food and Agricultural Organization. 5 min. This FAO video, made in honour of International Year of the Potato, showcases the role that potatoes play in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). [Food Diversity/Agricultural Biodiversity]