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What's on Your Plate?

4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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What's on Your Plate? is a witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics. Over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multiracial friends from New York City as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah talk to food activists, farmers, and storekeepers, as they address questions regarding the origin of the food they eat, how it's cultivated, and how many miles it travels from farm to fork.

Sadie and Safiyah visit supermarkets, fast food chains, and school lunchrooms. But they also check out innovative sustainable food system practices by going to farms, greenmarkets, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. They discover that these options have a number of positive effects: they are good for the environment, help struggling farmers survive, and provide affordable, locally grown food to communities, especially lower-income urban families.

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"What's On Your Plate? is exactly the film we need right now." --Michael Pollan, Author, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto and The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

"Not only does Catherine Gund's film What's On Your Plate? educate its audience about where our food come from, it also investigates why getting good food to all people all the time is challenging...Gund's film offers enlightenment to all kinds of audiences...This is a must-see movie. Be ready to laugh, to learn and to be warmed by the sense of community amongst people who love real food." --Gabrielle Redner, Slow Food USA

"Congratulations, Sadie and Safiyah! It is great to have you take us through the food cycle. As somebody said: 'You are what you eat.' Thank you for helping us get it right. You will definitely capture the imagination of your peers and generations beyond." --Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General

"Not only does Catherine Gund's film What's On Your Plate? educate its audience about where our food come from, it also investigates why getting good food to all people all the time is challenging...Gund's film offers enlightenment to all kinds of audiences...This is a must-see movie. Be ready to laugh, to learn and to be warmed by the sense of community amongst people who love real food." --Gabrielle Redner, Slow Food USA

"Congratulations, Sadie and Safiyah! It is great to have you take us through the food cycle. As somebody said: 'You are what you eat.' Thank you for helping us get it right. You will definitely capture the imagination of your peers and generations beyond." --Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sadie Hope-Gund, Safiyah Riddle, Nona Hendryx
  • Directors: Catherine Gund
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Aubin Pictures, Inc
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042YU1F4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,844 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By NYFB on January 15, 2012
Format: DVD
Excellent documentary for kids to understand the importance of their diet and where their food comes from. Infact half of the grown ups in US need to watch this documentary since when it comes to diet, they are as clueless as kids otherwise they would not be obese, overweight, out of shape, with so many health problems. This would be a good documentary for the Congress of America, which supports the big agriculture companies with no respect for soil, small farmers, this planet, and the true cost of obesity in US. Sorry, they do understand, but they are more interested in their pocket books instead of what they are retained to do which is representing the citizens of this beautiful country. Bravo.
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I started out a bit skeptical about the premise - I thought the movie got off to a slow start and seemed forced at times, but the film grew on me, and the end result was positively received. I think some key points deserve their own films (e.g. the school lunch issue, which has received national attention at times, but is in serious need of a solution that is financially feasible and can get through governmental red tape). Another area that got touched on but was more or less ignored is the reason we tend to not go this route, which is three-fold: time, money, and immediate gratification. Good food IS more expensive, good food DOES take time to prepare, and good food tends not to provide the same fatty, sugary rush that bad foods do. Those are complex issues, and much larger than simply telling people to eat better.

I like that the film wasn't terribly preachy. So many food documentaries (and that's probably my most-watched genre) fall into this trap where a message gets sent that "if you eat meat, you'll clearly die", or just as bad, "these evil entities (e.g. Kraft) have a stranglehold on your diet, and you're supporting the evil empire!" The use of children as main characters helped here, and the points were touched on but not pushed in a preachy or pushy manner.

The film was reasonably good and identified a lot of good and positive things. I can tell you it was one of the better food documentaries I've seen because it inspired me to print out a list of local famers markets and hang it on my wall. I've been to a farmers market maybe twice in my life (I'm not vegetarian, I don't eat organic, etc. etc.), so that's a big statement.
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This is a very informative documentary about what families are eating. Much of the focus is on the difficulty of getting good fresh organic food in a large city and in school systems. Farmers markets, local farming and meal planning are discussed along with the medical effects of our fast-food culture. I enjoyed watching this all from the perspective of people who are young and actually asked very good questions about the way food is grown and distributed in our country as well as around the world.
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I showed this to my Oakland high school students after considering showing Food, Inc. and realizing that it was far too arcane to keep them engaged. "What's on Your Plate," on the other hand, was made for a young audience and shows many people like my students talking about and learning about food issues. Almost everybody in the movie is black, mixed race, or Latino -- the dead opposite of Food, Inc. It's a great teaching tool for young multicultural audiences.
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Love the entire video. Goes great with our study of nutrition. I would watch the film in two seatings, in the future. This is for discussion time and the time the 10-11 year olds can sit and pay attention. Love it, love it, love it!
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Excellent documentary! Food policy as accessed and recorded by adolescent girls from NYC. Great for adolescents and all adults. Informative and well-researched. Produced with exceptional skill. Of the highest quality! Fun to watch, enjoyed it, and learned more about food politics on many levels than I had before viewing it. I have shared this DVD widely within my network, and I will continue to do so.
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Lovely for children- watched it with my 9-year-old twins - I wish there was something a little more detailed in between this level and the scary food/nutrition movies out there. I loved the girls' curiosity and their determination to get answers.
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Excellent documentary, I enjoyed every moment of it with my 6th and 7th graders! They are inspired to make a documentary on the food deserts in their community of East Harlem. I wonder what these young ladies are up to now?
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