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Food Chains (2014)

Food Chains

Overview


Genre

Documentary

Release Date

November 21, 2014 (Limited)

Duration

82 min.

Studio

Screen Media Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Sanjay Rawal

Producer

Hamilton Fish, Smriti Keshari, Sanjay Rawal

Screenwriter

Sanjay Rawal

Starring

Story


There is so much interest in food these days yet there is almost no interest in the hands that pick that food. In the US, farm labor has always been one of the most difficult and poorly paid jobs and has relied on some of the nation's most vulnerable people. While the legal restrictions which kept people bound to farms, like slavery, have been abolished, exploitation still exists, ranging from wage theft to modern-day slavery. These days, this exploitation is perpetuated by the corporations at the top of the food chain: supermarkets. Their buying power has kept wages pitifully low and has created a scenario where desperately poor people are willing to put up with anything to keep their jobs.

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A scene from Screen Media Films' Food Chains (2014)
A scene from Screen Media Films' Food Chains (2014)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..because of the narrative's need for closure, the film bizarrely recasts the lost battle as something uplifting..”
by Martin Tsai [LA Times]
“..Rawal takes a compassionate but dry approach that suggests he's focused on making a call to arms, not art. The best documentaries manage to be both..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [NY Daily News]