“Given that an estimated 49 million Americans don’t where their next meal is coming from and Newt Gingrich has turned “food stamps” into two dirty words, A PLACE AT THE TABLE is a political hot potato—an incendiary movie, despite its rather civilized facade. Serving up star power (actor Jeff Bridges, chef Tom Colicchio), a smorgasbord of statistics and an unblinking approach to the ways in which the U.S. agriculture game is fixed, directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush survey the various dysfunctional ways in which decent nutrition is kept out of the mouths of the needy—$20 billion in yearly farm subsidies encourage the production of junk foods, for instance, while political gamesmanship keeps agribusiness flourishing. But the helmers also focus on the personal stories of individuals unable to meet the nutritional needs of their household, and they make the point that such need knows no ethnic, racial or geographic boundaries. Silverbus and Jacobson interview single mothers in Philadelphia, Congressmen in Washington, economists, authors, teachers and children, all of whom illustrate how widespread—and solvable—the problem is.”—Variety. PG. 80 Min.
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