Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
In A Place at the Table, documentarians Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush look at the 46 million Americans who suffer from food insecurity, meaning that they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Put another way, that’s about one in six Americans overall. Children are disproportionately affected, with one in four struggling with hunger. But there’s hope yet — there’s enough food to go around if only people could afford it, so with the right policies in place, everyone could get fed. Watch the trailer after the jump.
A Place at the Table comes from Participant Media, which channels the power of the entertainment industry to effect change. They’ve backed documentaries like Food Inc., Waiting for “Superman,” and An Inconvenient Truth, but they’ve also tied social action campaigns into narrative features like Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Gus van Sant’s Promised Land.
Head to iTunes for the HD version, or watch the embed below from Participant Media.
49 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. From the people who brought you FOOD, INC., A PLACE AT THE TABLE features Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges, and many others.