Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Two good documentaries you may not have heard of

I've seen a couple of films through the Salt Lake City Public Library's Film Series that are both worth seeing. Recently I saw Fresh, which critiques our current food distribution network and presents some possibilities for more local food.  Both the movies Fresh and Food Inc., and the book The Omnivore's Dilemma profile Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, someone more people need to listen to.

From Salatin's website: "Today the farm arguably represents America’s premier non-industrial food production oasis.  Believing that the Creator’s design is still the best pattern for the biological world, the Salatin family invites like-minded folks to join in the farm’s mission:  to develop emotionally, economically, environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprises and facilitate their duplication throughout the world."

Tapped, was a movie about the bottled water industry, including the practice of "water farming" which I hadn't heard of before.  The films probably aren't going to come to your neighborhood Cineplex anytime soon, but if you get a chance to see them, check them out.

From the movie's website: "Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

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