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Filmography - Food: Food production and its hazards

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2011

Food Filmography - Food production

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2011. 

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library ALADIN catalog (



Additionally there are over 1000 streaming video clips in Films-On-Demand on food topics which can be searched directly here:



American dream. 200. 1 videodisc (102 min.). American dream: True story of a workers 1985-1986 strike against Geo. A. Hormel & Company in Austin, Minnesota. When the company made $2 million in profits and then cut their worker's salary by $2 an hour, the workers had only one option: strike. Children of the night: "More than a million Jewish children died in the Holocaust. This brief film is the result of a world-wide search for archival material showing some of these children. The footage we discovered - in the U.S.A., Israel, Britain, France and Germany - was often in extremely poor condition and always silent. It reveals the barest trace of what was lost."--Title screen. 18 min. DVD 6051

American farm. 2007. 1 videodisc (85 min.). "In a little town in upstate New York, a close-knit family struggles over many decades to hold onto a small dairy farm.  With extraordinary candor and heartbreaking intimacy, this poignant documentary brings to light the true story of an American family: their hopes and dreams, their triumphs over tragedy, the modern conflicts that divide them and the love that binds them together.  At the center of this world, Langdon "Lanny" Ames, the fifth generation to work this land, stands proud.  Yet Lanny is faced with an uncertain future when all of his children turn away from the family tradition to build new lives elsewhere.  Featuring new footage never seen in theatres, this Collector's edition DVD is a moving portrait of a vanishing way of life"--Container. DVD 5117

American harvest. 2008. 1 videodisc (100 min.). Examines the lives and issues of legal and illegal migrant agricultural workers and the American farmers who rely on them, in light of current United States immigration policy and anti-immigration sentiment. DVD 5077

Anything I catch: The handfishing story. 1990. 1 streaming video (30 min.). The film examines the thrilling regional phenomenon of Cajuns who wade in murky bayou waters to catch huge catfish and turtles by reaching into hollow logs and stumps with their bare hands. Friends and family accompany the handfisherman to the bayou banks for Cajun music, festive cooking, and storytelling, and to witness this increasingly rare tradition. Streaming video,186

Colony. 2011. 1 videodisc (88 min.). Few people realize that honey bees pollinate one-third of our fruits and vegetables. In fact, these incredible insects play a vital role in producing our food and ensuring our survival. Investigated are the circumstances and the impacts of 'colony collapse disorder' with focus on beekeepers dealing with the crisis. As these families and individuals struggle to understand this lethal problem, they illuminate the devastating effects of bee extinction not just on bees, but on people. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 8299

Deconstructing supper. 2002. 1 videodisc (48 min.). Documentary film that looks at the way modern food is produced through genetic modification and through organic farming in Canada, Europe, India, and United States. A gourmet chef, John Bishop, leads us on an investigation of various genetically modified food products and the leader in genetic engineering, Monsanto. DVD 4470

Dirt! the movie. 2010. 1 videodisc (80 min.). Featuring live action and animation, this movie examines the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. DVD 1288

The end of the line. National Geographic Ocean Now: National Geographic ocean now. 2009. 1 videodisc (83 min.). "[This film] charts the devastating ecological impact of overfishing by interweaving both local and global stories of sharply declining fish populations, including the imminent extinction of the bluefin tuna, and illuminates how our modern fishing capacities far outstrip the survival abilities of any ocean species. Scientists explain how this depletion has slipped under the public radar and outline the catastrophic future that awaits us -- an ocean without fish by 2048 -- if we do not adjust our fishing and consumption practices." -- Container. DVD 7260

Food, Inc. 2009. 1 videodisc (94 min.). Lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profits ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Reveals surprising - and often shocking truths - about what we eat, how it's produced and who we have become as a nation. DVD 6527

The future of food. 2005. 2 videodiscs (ca. 88 min.). An in-depth investigation of the disturbing truth behind unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade and an exploration of alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture. DVD 2357

God's country. The documentaries of Louis Malle: Eclipse: Eclipse (Criterion Collection (Firm)). 2007. 1 videodisc (89 min.). "In 1979, Louis Malle traveled into the heart of Minnesota to capture the everyday lives of the men and women of a prosperous farming community. He returned six years later, during Ronald Reagan's second term, to find drastic economic decline. Free of stereotypes about America's heartland, God's Country, commissioned for American public television, is a stunning work of emotional and political clarity." -- container. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 2887

Hungry for profit. 2006? 1 videodisc (86 min.). A documentary showing how agribusiness has created large, mechanized plantations out of small, peasant farms which grow profitable export crops despite local food needs. Tells how this situation actually increases the amount of hunger for some of the Third World. DVD 3646

King corn: a film. 2006. 1 videodisc (92 min.). "In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, nitrogen fertilizers, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most productive, most subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-- and how we farm."--container. DVD 4214

Meet your meat. 2003? 1 videodisc (13 min.). Shows the lives and deaths of chickens, turkeys, cows and pigs raised in factory farms and processed in slaughterhouses. It presents a case for vegetarianism and the ethical treatment of animals. DVD 1744

Off the grid life on the Mesa. 2008. 1 videodisc (67 mins). "Twenty-five miles from town, a million miles from mainstream society, a loose-knit community of eco-pioneers, teenage runaways, war veterans and drop-outs, live on the fringe and off the grid, struggling to survive with little food, less water and no electricity, as they cling to their unique vision of the American dream..." -- container. DVD 4922

The plow that broke the plains: The river. 2007. 1 videodisc (113 min.). "The plow that broke the plains" depicts the social and economic history of the Great Plains from the settlement of the prairies by cattlemen and farmers through the World War I boom to drought and depression.  "The river" traces life in the Mississippi River Valley during the previous 150 years, showing the consequences of sharecropping, soil exhaustion, unchecked erosion and floods, and concludes with scenes of regional planning, TVA development and federal efforts. DVD 5859

The Polyface Farm video. 2001. 1 videodisc (126 min.). A look at an environmentally friendly family farm. Farming entrepreneur Joel Salatin explains balance and interconnectedness in the landscape, community, plants and animals. DVD 4472

Power and the land. 1940. 1 film reel (40 min.). Portrays a farm family in Pennsylvania before and after electrification of their farm; contrasts farm duties and tasks performed without electricity, then with electricity; illustrates the method of forming an electrical cooperative of farmers. VHS 3858

The real dirt on farmer John. 2008. 1 videodisc (82 min.). The award-winning true story of third-generation American farmer John Peterson's hero's journey of success, tribulation, failure and rebirth. He's not only a farmer, he's an artist too. DVD 3619

Save the earth - feed the world. Race to save the planet. 1990. 1 videodisc (57 min.). Discusses the need to find alternatives to chemical-dependent farming. Includes examples of farmers who use traditional practices to work with rather than against nature. DVD 6157

Thirsty planet. Thirsty planet. 2004. 1 videodisc (27 min.). Looks at the use of water for agriculture from locations around the world, surveying both disasters of agricultural irrigation, such as cotton farming in Uzbekistan, and innovative successes in water-efficient techniques and crops, such as in California and India. Also looks at the destructive effects of deforestation and overgrazing, the difficulty of fighting erosion and reclaiming arable soil, and the urgency of the motto: more crop per drop. DVD 1835 and Streaming video

Unser täglich Brot = Our daily bread. 2005. 1 videodisc (92 min.). Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming. Produced between October 2003 and October 2005 the film looks into the places where food is produced in European farms, greenhouses, processing plants and other places where crops and animals are cultivated and processed to become food for people. The images of food and animals treated as an industrial products are presented without comment. DVD 2359