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In Korea during the Fall Kimchi, a fermented pickled cabbage and spice mixture, is made to be stored and eaten during the cold winter months. 16 min.

Kimchi, The Food of Life

Explains what kimchi is, how it is made, and how it is eaten. Illustrates its cultural importance amidst changing societal norms. c1994. 38 min.

King Corn

Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat, and how we farm. A film by Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis, Ian Cheney. 2007. 90 min.

Kings of Pastry

Sixteen chefs whip up the most gorgeous, delectable, gravity-defying concoctions at the competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, France's Nobel Prize for pastry, and there is edge-of-the-seat drama as they deliver their fantastical, spun-sugar desserts to the display table. Chefs work under constant scrutiny by master judges, whose critical palates evaluate their elaborate pastries. The inevitable disasters prove both poignant and hilarious. Chefs: Jacquy Pfeiffer, Sebastien Canonne, Philippe Rigollot, Regis Lazard. Directed by Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker. 2009. 84 min.

Korean Cakes

A Survey of the dietary customs of Koreans with particular focus on Korean rice cakes which have been prepared for centuries as Korean court dishes, for birthdays, weddings and other special occasions. 19 min.

Life Running Out of Control

A global journey exploring the effects of the ongoing experiments in the genetic manipulation of plants, animals and human beings, and unethical uses of genetic studies. A film by Bertram Verhaag and Gabriele Krober. 2004. Includes both the original 95-minute, and the short 60-minute versions of the film, and 77 minutes of additional interviews broken up into separate sections on plants, animals and humans.
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Losing: A Conversation with the Parents

This distanced narrative, which approximates a soap opera or a TV interview of bereaved relatives of a victim, confronts two means by which food is used as a weapon: the internalized oppression of self-starvation (anorexia nervosa), and starvation because of poverty and economic domination. Rosler exposes underlying social realities from starvation in Third World countries to the phenomenon of dieting and starvation to create an ideal female self in contemporay American culture. A film by Martha Rosler. Dist.: Video Data Bank. 1977. 20 min.

Lunch Line

Chronicles the political and social history of the National School Lunch Program, began in 1946, which now more than 60 years later, feeds more than 31 million children every day. In this documentary, leaders from all sides of the school food debate including government officials, school food service experts, activists and students, weigh in on the program and discuss ways to continue nourishing America's children.


Focuses on the American phenomenon of fast food, primarily hamburger chains. Looks at how huge corporations not only roll our meals off assembly lines, but control all aspects of their industry: the breeding of cattle, preparation of hamburger patties, employee interactions with customers and advertising. Shows that the product has little to do with the companys' success but that advertising drives profits. A film by Peter Heller. 1989. 66 min.
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Maharajah Burger

The film takes a wry look at the cultural confrontation of East and West, as reflected in attitudes towards the cow. In India, where the cow is revered, when MacDonalds opened up in New Delhi featuring the Maharajah Burger, there was outrage at this affront. To many Indians it is a symbol of Western cultural imperialism--Western greed undermining traditional values in India. Directed by Thomas Balmes. c1997. 50 min.
web web sites:Description from Filmakers Library catalog