Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming! To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, the film looks without commenting into the places where food is produced in Europe: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds - a cool, industrial environment which leaves little space for individualism. People, animals, crops and machines play a supporting role in the logistic of this system which provides our society's standard of living. OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.
Have you ever wondered how chickens are "being produced", as if they were "animal machines" ? Or how cows are being milked today ? Or what kind of outfit people have to wear when they spray our tomatoes with those "harmless" - if we may believe the FDA - pesticides ?
Nikolaus Geyrhalter comments on his film : "I wanted to collect and make accessible images from this branch, this world in as objective a manner as possible. What makes it fascinating are the machines and the sense of what's doable, the human spirit of invention and organization, even at close quarters with horror and insensitivity. Plants and animals are treated just like any other goods, and smooth functioning is extremely important. The most important thing is how the animals can be born, raised and held as efficiently and inexpensively as possible, how to treat them so they're as fresh and undamaged as possible when they arrive at the slaughterhouse, and that the levels of medications and stress hormones in the meat are below the legal limits. No one thinks about whether they're happy."
Watch this DVD and be amazed, or horrified ! There are no interviews, no music either. You are left alone with your thoughts.
If you like what you see, the smooth functioning of the machines and the lack of happiness of our "animal machines", continue to enjoy your hamburger at McDonald's.
If you don't like it, think of how farming was done less than a century before. Farmer John Peterson says : "It used to be that everyone in this country had a connection to farms, but now most of these farms have gone". I think we should reestablish this connection. Peterson also uses a certain level of mechanization, but it doesn't go berserk. Watch his DVD to see another form of farming, very different to what you will see in this documentary : The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Peterson's farm, Angelic Organics, has 1200 shareholders from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme. Each shareholder receives each week a box full of fresh and healthy vegetables and fruits. This way, the farm performs its historical role again, reuniting the people with the source of the food.
As you take that walk through the grocery store, see if you can imagine what each of these food items went through in order to be on the selves and in the coolers and freezers. Then watch this movie, if you dare. You will see some of the objectionable tasks that must be done to provide us with our daily bread. You will be puzzled and amazed, and very likely horrified. But you will not regret having watched this movie. And you might want to have others watch it with you. While once our own family farms provided our food, now a majority of the billions on this planet live in our cities, and we shop for our food. We may not like what we see of the food industry, but how could it be any other way?
An incredibly powerful movie. Who would have thought that a 90-minute movie with no dialogue or commentary would go by so quickly? This film will really make you think about all that goes into the food on your plate: the animals, workers, toll on the environment, etc. This was filmed in Europe so one can only think that a similar view of American food production would be even more eye-opening. Absolutely worth watching!
I had seen this documentary in our International Film Festival a couple of years ago and had found it a point for discussion and much thinking. In this day and age I think it important to consider where our food comes from. NZ is not quite so 'industrialised' in the food area (yet?!) but it reminded me to consider our local food and vegie market and growing our own vegies etc. I consider it important for anyone who cares about food and recommend it highly. Almost a totally visual message...no dialogue to direct you-you make up your own mind.
This is a very unique view of the state of our modern food supply. Eye-opening while being contemplative and artistic. Not your common documentary at all - don't expect a bunch of overt narration. All you need is in the visual. Highly recommended for anyone interested in food supply/factory farming issues.