Past screening

Our Daily Bread

Directed by: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Runtime: 1hr 34min Year: 2005
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Directed by: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Runtime: 1hr 34min Year: 2005
Country: Austria
Last Screened: Thu 23rd Jul 2015

A rare chance to see this classic and still shocking film on industrial food production and high-tech farming, Our Daily Bread bears witness to the appalling reality of how our food is made.

“Devastating! A must-see!” – The New York Times

“Outstanding! Provocative! Eccentrically lovely and frequently horrifying … deserves to find an audience of hungry cinephiles.” – Premiere

A wide-screen tableau of a feast that isn’t always easy to digest – but in which we are all complicit. People, animals, crops, all are swallowed up in the relentless rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines. A cool, clinical environment there’s little space for humans here. They seem like flaws in this system: undersized and vulnerable, though they adapt as best they can, with chemical suits, respirators, ear protectors, and helmets. They do the jobs for which machines have not yet been invented.

This powerful visual essay is a chilling confrontation with the price we pay for society’s demand for faster and cheaper food to sustain our consumer dependent lifestyle.