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...All in This Tea

Follows the world-renowned tea expert David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the best handmade teas in the world. During his youth, he spent four years with Tibetan monks in Nepal where he was introduced to some of the finest tea. Unable to find anything but insipid tea bags in the U.S., Hoffman began traveling to China to find tea for himself, climbing up lush, terraced mountainsides to meet the farmers who practiced skills handed down through generations of tea makers for thousands of years. A film by Les Blank. 70 min.

A Cow at My Table

This extensive investigation exposes the conditions and factory farming methods that animals are raised under by the animal industries, and examines the social forces in society that conceal and legitimize the abuses that animals suffer. Includes interviews with animal rights activists, agribusiness representitives and animal welfare experts with archival and current footage including some disturbing slaughter house scenes. 90 min.
web web sites:Description from Filmwest Associates catalog

A World of Food: Tastes & Taboos in Different Cultures

Examines some of the attitudes that make food a fascinating focus of powerful cultural and individual differences. In this film food choices are divided into 7 primary categories and a variety of individuals from various cultures and ethnic and religious affiliations are interviewed concerning what they are willing to eat and why. Dane Archer, presenter. Directed by Dane Archer. 36 min. c2000. ; vhs

A year in Burgundy

Follows seven wine-making families in the Burgundy region of France through the course of a full year, and delves into the cultural and creative process of making wine, as well as its deep ties to the land. 2012. 88 min.

Against the Grain

Discusses genetically engineered food crops concerning the ecological, human health, and ethical reasons why the public should pause, if not seriously question the transformation of the food supply. Includes a look at bioengineered crops and interviews with farmers, both for and against the rapid conversion to bioengineered food crops. Based on Against the grain : biotechnology and the corporate takeover of your food / by Marc Lappe & Britt Bailey (Bioscience S494.5.B563.L3 1998; Bus & Econ S494.5.B563.L3 1998) 1999? 14 min.

Anatomy of a Springroll.

Written and directed by Paul Kwan and Arnold Iger. Paul Kwan, a Vietnamese immigrant, tells his story of finding a new life in San Francisco while maintaining his cultural connection through cooking, eating and sharing the rich and varied food of his native land. But an undercurrent of longing for the motherland culminates in a visit to Saigon where memory and reality are finally reconciled, and he is ready to return to his adoptive country. 1992. 56 min.
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Animal Appetites.

It is unlawful for Californians to eat their pets. Two Cambodian immigrants, arrested in California for killing their dog for food, are the subjects of this video documentary. 20 min.
Full-text review from:ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries


Los Angeles lawyer, Juan "Accidentes" Dominguez, is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. A film by Fredrik Gertten. 2009. 87 min.

Big Mac Under Attack

Hungry consumers in America and abroad are losing their appetite for the world's largest fast food company and are seeking healthy alternatives such as Subway. Is McDonald's a brand on the verge of collapse, or can it be revitalized? McDonald's accepts that there are problems, but is determined to fix them. The plan? More customers, more often. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2004. 38 min.

Breaking Bread

A documentary and two shorts by director Hamid Rahmanian. In Breaking bread, a slice-of-life documentary depicts a Korean-American family who invites an Iranian friend for their father's last meal. The joining of disparate cultures affords an unusual chance to examine the interaction of disparate perspectives through the common human realities of food and death.