9 documentaires about food

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    Food seems so every day and ordinary, but the impact that growing, transporting, and consuming food has on the ecosystem and society is increasingly the subject of debate—and thus documentary films. This IDFA selection consists of nine documentary films, each highlighting a different aspect of this subject.

    From biodiversity to culinary traditions

    Biodiversity and sustainable farming lie at the core of documentary films The Fruit Hunters and Eating Animals. Films such as Katsuo-bushi and Seed: The Untold Story demonstrate how food is also inextricably linked to traditions and culture.

    From the festival screen to your home cinema

    The IDFA Collection consists of a number of documentary films about food and nutrition. Below you will find a selection of nine unique films on the subject that have screened at the festival in recent years—now available online for free or for a small fee.

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    Bistro in Vitro

    • Koert van Mensvoort
    • 2015

      Blurring the boundaries between born and made, the futuristic menu of this fictional restaurant includes knitted steak and 3D-printed marrow eggs.

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      • Ana Vîjdea, Cosmin Nicoara
      • 2019

        With snapshots of household dinners from across cultural backgrounds, economic circumstances and family arrangements, this VR documentary gives us an unseen “place at the table,” where so much of family life plays out. On show in DocLab: Exhibition (free on-site reservation required) and as part of the DocLab VR-Cinema (regular ticket sales).

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        Eating Animals

        • Christopher Quinn
        • 2017

          A compelling, richly documented plea to curb the excesses of factory farming, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. 

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          The Fruit Hunters

          • Yung Chang
          • 2012

            A mouthwatering journey around the world with the Rare Fruit Counsel, which is utterly committed to preserving the diversity of fruit varieties.

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            How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy

            • Gina Leibrecht, Les Blank
            • 2014

              While preparing culinary classics in his kitchen in Normandy, Richard Leacock (1921-2011) explores the je ne sais quoi that makes his documentaries so fascinating.

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              • Yu Nakajima
              • 2015

                An observational documentary on a small workshop where aging artisans maintain a Japanese culinary tradition with dedication.

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                The Leaked Recipes Cookbook

                • Demetria Glace
                • 2020

                  Author Demetria Glace presents a series of intimate events based on The Leaked Recipes Cookbook, a cookbook of recipes she fished out from the massive data leaks in recent years.

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                  Seed: The Untold Story

                  • Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz
                  • 2016

                    A celebration of the vitality, diversity and beauty of seeds, and a warning against the powerful forces that threaten this rich heritage.

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                    Surviving in NL: Raw

                    • Anneloek Sollart
                    • 2008

                      A portrait of 11-year-old Tom, the first and only child in the Netherlands who only eats raw food.

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