Struggling to overcome the effects of their time spent in Israeli jails, 11 young Palestinian boys meet once a week for a group therapy session. Now that they are back with their families in Hebron they face a future of fear and uncertainty under the continuing occupation, all the while dealing with the traumas of their prison experiences.
49 million people in the US are 'food insecure'. One in four children don't know where their next meal will come from, while others suffer the cruel irony of childhood obesity due to forced reliance on cheap food products.
A Place at the Table examines the shocking reality behind the American dream through the lens of some of the country's 'working poor'. Rosie is a fifth-grader who struggles to concentrate at school, distracted by constant hunger and forced to rely on hand-outs from friends. Tremonica is a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother's wage affords.
Startling in its revelations, this film is essential viewing here in the UK, where a similar situation looms.
Followed by a post-screening panel discussion including:
- Patrick Butler (Chair): Social Policy Editor for the Guardian
- Fiona Twycross: London Assembly member and Labour Politician
- Martin Caraher: Professor of Food and Health Policy at City University
Patrick is the Guardian's social policy editor, writing about poverty, inequality, welfare and public services. He's written extensively about food poverty and the rise of foodbanks in the UK, both in the paper and online through the Guardian's Cuts blog. He's been a Guardian journalist for 13 years, and was previously editor of its Society Guardian social affairs pages.
Martin has worked on issues related to food poverty and insecurity in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Europe. His current work is on the proliferation of fast food outlets in areas of deprivation as well as the cost of accessing a healthy diet in these areas. The growth of food poverty in the UK along with the growth of food banks and the retreat of the state form food welfare provision is a focus of his current research.
Fiona Twycross was elected to the London Assembly in May 2012 and is a Labour Londonwide Assembly Member. She has recently led an investigation in to the scale of food poverty in London on behalf of the Assembly's Health and Environment Committee. The report from this investigation A Zero Hunger City: Tackling Food Poverty in London was published in March 2013. Prior to her election she worked for the health charity Diabetes UK.
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"The filmmakers vividly illustrate the power and depth of the long-spiraling problem of "food insecurity" by immersing us in the hardscrabble lives of a cross section of our nation's poor." - Los Angeles Times
"A Place at the Table makes a strong case that hunger for one is a problem for all." - Paste Magazine
Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival 2012