Food and Country – Hot Docs 2023

Food and Country Hot Docs 2023
Brings up some interesting points about the broken American food system, despite a less-than pleasing presentation due to the film’s COVID-19 production.

Food and Country – Hot Docs 2023

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America’s policy of producing cheap food at all costs has long hobbled small independent farmers, ranchers, and chefs. Worried for their survival, trailblazing food writer Ruth Reichl reaches out across political and social divides to uncover the country’s broken food system and the innovators risking it all to transform it.

The COVID-19 pandemic exposes the broken food system in the United States in . Mass agriculture in the United States is based on how cheap food can be produced. As the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold, farmers are expected to continue planting as if everything is returning to normal. New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl reaches out to expose how broken the American food system is.

Food and Country Synopsis

Food and Country is a documentary directed by Laura Gabbert (City of Gold) about the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic had on the American food system. The film was shot right as the pandemic was at its peak in 2020. Hence the film relies predominantly on Zoom interviews, as Gabbert follows food critic Ruth Reichl as she investigates the fate of small farmers, ranchers, and chefs, who are expected to produce food fast and cheaply.

My Thoughts on Food and Country

Food and Country bring up some interesting points, such as the current food system originated in the 1950s advertising promising to make cooking quick and convenient. American food production has become industrialized with a loss of 40% in nutritional value in the produced food. As eye-opening a documentary Food and Country is in terms of its information and content, the film's COVID-shot aesthetic of people talking through computer screens does leave a bit to be desired. However, Food and Country is still worth checking out to see how food shows us our values as human beings.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.