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Bugs for Breakfast: Food & Culture.

Presents a multicultural look at how we eat, illustrating that how we view food is learned. Explains that there are no universal food customs nor dietary restrictions and what one refuses to eat is a symbol of social identity. c2001. 19 min.


Documentary following environmental activist and nuclear physicist Vandana Shiva for a period of two years, from a whirlwind tour of her organic farm at the foot of the Himalayas to the summit of the World Trade Organization in Mexico to a protest outside the European Patents Office in Munich.

Caxiri or Manioc Beer

Examines the role of caxiri, a native beer, in the social and cultural life of the Wai~api Indians of Brazil. An important part of Wai~api life, caxiri is imbibed daily by men, women and children. This documentary describes the preparation of caxiri, as well as its use in community festivals and celebrations. 1988. 39 min.

Central Asia's Hidden Hunger

Explains a regional program to boost production of iodized salt and fortified flour to improve the nutrition of poor women and their children in Central Asia. The program is expected to address the rise in mentally retarded and physically impaired children due to a lack of iodine and iron in the diet of the poor. 2001. 10 min.

Chinese Restaurants

Uses the icon of the family-run Chinese restaurant to tell the story of the Chinese diaspora. Filmmaker Cheuk Kwan explores Chinese restaurants around the world, showing the lives and stories of the families who own them. Reveals the complex history of Chinese immigration, cultural migration, ethnic identity and global politics. Director and producer, Cheuk Kwan. Disc 1. Song of the exile : Israel, South Africa, Turkey -- Disc 2. On the islands : Mauritius, Trinidad, Cuba -- Disc 3. Three continents : Madagascar, Norway, Canada -- Disc 4.

Critical Condition: America's Obesity Crisis

In the United States, people with low incomes tend to weigh more than the affluent. This news program focuses on an economically struggling Detroit community to investigate the causal link between poverty and obesity. In this community where fast food is prevalent and grocery stores are scarce, the film gathers the experiences of neighborhood residents and healthcare professionals in a powerful study of the correlation between being poor and obesity. Originally broadcast on Nightline on June 2, 2004. Host, Ted Koppel. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005.

Cyber Gourmet.[Life on the Internet]

On the Internet, people can now sample the world's cuisine, calorie-free. Both accomplished and would-be cooks serve up a full menu of food and recipes--from a restaurant on the Italian Riviera to a box of designer chocolates. 1997. 27 min.

Deconstructing Supper

Documentary film that looks at the way modern food is produced through genetic modification and through organic farming in Canada, Europe, India and the United States. Gourmet chef, John Bishop, leads the investigation looking at Monsanto, the leader in genetic engineering, genetically modified food products, and organic farming through interviews with scientists, activists, journalists and farmers. A film by Marianne Kaplan. 2002. 48 min.
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Delicacies (Taboo series)

Fancy a dish of poisonous fugu fish? How about rams' testicle pat•233;? Sheeps' heads and rotting shark are a particular treat. Or if it's an aphrodisiac one seeks--why not try a carefully prepared bull penis? Food taboos and delicacies often arise from cultural and religious beliefs; one person's meat is another's poison. Originally broadcast on the National Georgaphic Channel in 2004. 48 min.

Diet Wars

Explores the social, cultural and dietary factors that led to the fattening of America, and examines how the medical and diet industries responded to consumers' desire to lose weight. What most nutritionists and industry experts do agree on is the fact that America is facing an obesity problem of epidemic proportions -- about two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and of those, half are already obese, and an alarming percentage are children. This program also critically examines the variety of weight loss programs whose underyling principles are often contradictory.