A Place at the Table

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Place at the Table
50 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.

Published: New York : Magnolia Pictures ; Sausalito, Calif. : [Distributed by] Ro*co Films Educational, [2013].
Edition: Educational ed.
Branch Call Number: DVD 338.1973 PLA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Apr 13, 2014

I like this. There are many documentaries and documentary style films with respect to food sustainability and diet related medical conditions. Many secondary and post secondary school cafeterias are fully equiped with audio visual equipment. perhaps these types of films schould be seen and reseen here. Then another film could be created about this....

Mar 02, 2014
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very informative. I am not a fan of the manufactured food like chips and soda. I eat lots of white meat and vegetables.

Dec 17, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Random film. Until someone seriously makes a film, which will then be widely distributed (always an iffy proposition in this corporate fascist state, e.g., the Canadian special on the CIA's MKULTRA program, viewed throughout that country and Europe, but American television stations refused to allow it shown here) which questions why some are born owning thousands of acres of property and untold wealth, and the rest of us are born with nothing, and further explains why the super-rich are they who have the greatest entitlement program in history, the so-called "right" to create money, all such films as this will be of a nebulous quality.

Dec 08, 2013
  • manao rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A powerful film! As one unusually candid legislator admits, those who don't have enough power and money to successfully lobby for their own interests become the losers. Therefore, historic farm subsidies designed to help family farms have become huge, untouchable agribusiness corporate welfare payouts, while the numerous poor Americans and their children are abandoned to eat badly or often not at all.

Aug 04, 2013
  • lvon98 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent documentary that tackles a difficult subject, i.e. hunger in American children. I absolutely LOVED the young girl, Rosie, and Barbie, the young mother of two kids, among many others : both of them bright with a very positive attitude even though placed in hardship situations no one should be confronted with in the 21st century. Again, the government's attitude simply boggles the mind.

Wholeheartedly recommended.


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