A Place at the TableUSA | 2012 | 84 min. | Rated PG | Documentary
A discussion will follow, led by Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern and long-time seasonal West Chop resident Dr. Mariana Chilton, PhD, both of whom are featured in the film. Representative McGovern and Dr. Chilton will be joined by the film’s co-director Lori Silverbush and by Dr. Donald Berwick, MD, who has helped implement national health care policy in both the UK and the USA.
49 million people in the U.S. – one in four children – don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans.
Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado second-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar (R)-winning actor Jeff Bridges.
Ultimately, A PLACE AT THE TABLE, which is narrated by Jeff Bridges and scored by T.-Bone Burnett, shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides – as they have in the past – that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.
This event is a benefit To benefit The Vineyard Committee on Hunger (VCOH) and MV Film Society.
"A Place at the Table is advocacy journalism at its best, lining up its facts, illustrating the widespread problem with a few trenchant and compelling cases, and offering solutions."
--Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A Place at the Table" presents a shameful truth that should leave viewers dismayed and angry: This nation has more than enough food for all its people, yet millions of them are hungry."
--Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"You don't have to be a fan of info-graphics in social-justice docs to be troubled by one showing that the price of processed food has decreased in almost exact proportion to the rise in cost of fresh fruits and vegetables."
--Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post