Four NFB documentaries featured at Devour! The Food Film Fest. Lineup includes the Atlantic Canadian docs Bluefin and HAND.LINE.COD.
October 20, 2016- Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Devour! The Food Film Fest in Wolfville, Nova Scotia (November 2‒6, 2016), is featuring four new National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentaries exploring our relationship with food and game, all screening at the Al Whittle Theatre.
Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Screening on November 3 at 3 p.m., Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk (NFB/Unikkaat Studios/EyeSteelFilm) shows how a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Voted the audience favourite at Hot Docs, Angry Inuk joins fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.
Later that day at 5 p.m., St. John’s chef Jeremy Charles joins 60 of the world’s best chefs from across Canada and around the world in Theater of Life, director Peter Svatek’s documentary about Refettorio Ambrosiano. At this extraordinary soup kitchen, conceived by Massimo Bottura during the Milan 2015 World’s Fair, food waste from the Expo was transformed into delicious and nutritious meals for Italy’s hungriest residents. A visual feast in itself, Theater of Life captures the remarkable relationship forged between the finest haute cuisine chefs in the world and the city’s most disadvantaged groups: refugees, recovering drug addicts, former sex workers, and a host of others with no place else to go.
On November 5 starting at 10 a.m., two NFB documentaries explore the fates of key Atlantic fisheries. Winner of the award for Best Atlantic Filmmaker at the Lunenburg Doc Fest for Bluefin, filmmaker John Hopkins immerses audiences in a tale of epic stakes set in North Lake, PEI, the “tuna capital of the world,” where the giant mature bluefin is the key to replenishing the decimated stocks of the largest tuna species in the world. Bluefin will screen along with HAND.LINE.COD., a short documentary set in Fogo Island, by Newfoundland and Labrador director Justin Simms.
Devour! The Food Film Fest
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