Future Food Series
Fat or Skinny?
The people of India are faced with a choice: indulge in a Western-style fast food diet, or embrace healthy and indigenous alternatives.
Everyday, as India awakes, 1.2 billion people need to be fed. By 2050 it could be 1.7 billion. Half a billion small scale farmers supply most of India's food. Traditionally, Indians have eaten the healthy cuisine of India's 29 states, but as people move to the cities there's a growing demand for fast processed food, the so-called 'junk food' accused of causing obesity and chronic health problems.
Directed by Arjun Pandey
Produced by tv/e (Television Trust for the Environment)
Camera: Anul Kumar Tiwari (India), Harmeet BasuAlekh Lalatendu (India), Fanscesco Manetti (Italy), Prospero Bozzo (Italy), Daniele Mattana (Italy), Cedric Pilaud (San Francisco)
Editor: Shailendra Singh Rawat
Senior Editor: Sotira Kyriacou
Producer: Ambica Kapoor
Music: Swaraansh Mishra, Leo Anthony
Concept Development: James Heer, Joanne Levitan
Series Researcher: Janet Weinstein
Production Managers: Caroline Hancock, Sheila Menon
Development Producer: Jenny Richards
Series Editor: Steve Bradshaw
A Twenty Four Frames Production
Now India is a country on the edge of two possible futures: a future that's well fed and healthy; or a future with Western diets and Western obesity. With so many hungry people to feed, is it possible to eat in ways that are nutritionally and environmentally sustainable? What role do governments have to play in creating economic incentives for sustainable diets?
Other titles in this series are:
1. Old or New? - In Lima, Peru, a new generation of top chefs are cooking with traditional ingredients and supporting traditional livelihoods.
2. Food or Fuel? - Kenyan farmer Moses Shaha journeys through the Tana Delta, where farmers are starting to grow jatropha, a biofuel crop.
3. Big or Small? - What's the best method of growing food for a hungry population of 9.5 billion people: Big, or small?
5. Near or Far? - The Nigerian Minister for Agriculture wants to ensure Nigerians eat food grown in Nigeria.
6. Stay or Go? - Who will grow China's food as young people leave the countryside for the cities?
Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adults
US Release Date: 2013
Copyright Date: 2012
DVD ISBN: 1-93777-262-4
"Fat or Skinny? takes a complex global issue and presents it in an engaging and accessible way. The interviews with teens and families in India about their own diets in addition to leading international expert talking heads add nuance to the discussion. Malnutrition, both under- and over-caloric in India, is a useful lens for studying the global challenge of improving health in tandem with increasing prosperity."
Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, Professor and Program Director, Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts, and Food Science, Drexel University, Co-author, They Eat That? A Cultural Encyclopedia of 'Weird' Foods from Around the World and Food Studies
"Very interesting. Fat or Skinny? emphasizes that obesity does not stand in opposition to malnutrition or undernourishment, but rather is tightly related to them. It tackles an extremely important issue while showing different perspectives and succeeds at presenting a very complex problem in a fascinating way."
Zofia Boni, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS Centre of Food Studies, University of London
"Very impressive. These films present current problems in global food production and consumption with unstinting clarity. They highlight figures who advocate for indigenous crops without simply turning back the clock or giving in to the Western model of industrial scale agriculture. They propose models which value the local economy and yet think progressively in ways that will help people deal with rising population and increasingly volatile market for foodstuffs. These are thinkers, activists, politicians and farmers who will shape the future of food around the world."
Ken Albala, Professor of History, University of the Pacific, Author, Beans: A History
"All programs are thought-provoking and educational, with a strong emphasis on sustainability, and excellent choices for high school, college, and public library DVD collections."
The Midwest Book Review
"These films put food in a global perspective, pushing the boundaries of discussions about local, artisanal, and organic foods."
Fabio Parasecoli, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Food Studies, The New School, Author, Bite Me! Food in Popular Culture, co-Editor, Cultural History of Food
"Fat or Skinny? is a very accessible portrayal of an all-too-familiar problem. Western viewers may be effectively surprised to learn that 'poor' countries suffer from weight issues like 'rich' ones, and they will be forced to ponder the fact that people can be fat and malnourished as surely as they can be skinny and malnourished. Suitable for high school classes and college courses in cultural anthropology, development anthropology, medical anthropology, anthropology of food, and Indian/South Asian studies, as well as for general audiences."
Jack David Eller, Anthropology Review Database
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"Takes a complex global issue and presents it in an engaging and accessible way." Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, Program Director, Culinary Arts and Food Science, Drexel University
DVD includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and scene selection.
Food And Nutrition
A leading chef investigates food safety in the age of GMOs and industrial agriculture.
DIRT! The Movie
The story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility, from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.
The final film in Micha X. Peled's Globalization Trilogy examines the epidemic of suicides amongst India's cotton farmers, deeply in debt after switching to genetically modified seeds.
We Feed the World
Vividly reveals the dysfunctionality of the industrialized world food system and shows what world hunger has to do with us.
The New Green Giants
Examines the complex and controversial world of today's exploding organic food industry.
An intimate look at the farmers, ranchers, and businesses that are creating a more sustainable food system in the Pacific Northwest.
King Corn (Original Version)
By growing an acre of corn in Iowa two friends uncover the devastating impact that corn is having on the environment, public health and family farms.
Highlights promising attempts in Africa, and in South and Central America, to end world hunger.
Makes the case for a plant-based diet which is good for our bodies, good for the environment and mitigates climate change.
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"Highly Recommended. This 6-part series is a great collection of educational documentaries packed with interviews, insights, and images. Instructors can't go wrong when using these films in classes! Each documentary is independent of the others, but all share the same theme - exploring local solutions for feeding the world. Seeking both the local and international perspectives, the producers interviewed an impressive variety of recognized leaders and professionals working in the sustainable agriculture and human rights arenas including small-scale farmers, lobbyists, United Nations directors, ethicists, local government officials, authors, activists, and even a Nobel Peace Prize winner. The films are less than 30-minutes long each, which makes them perfect for in-class viewing and discussion. Each film is appropriate for a variety of courses ranging from business to anthropology. Whether purchased as a set or individually the price is a deal."
Emory Univesity, Educational Media Reviews Online
"These films contribute to the ongoing debate on whether future food security lies in small-scale farming and biodiversity or industrial agriculture and innovation."
Anneke Geyzen, Films for the Feminist Classroom