A PLACE AT THE TABLE + Panel discussion
Thursday 9th May| Riverside Studios | 7.30pm | £7
Dirs. Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush
US - 2012 - 84 mins
49 million people in the US are 'food insecure'. One in four children don't know where their next meal will come from, while others suffer the cruel irony of childhood obesity due to forced reliance on cheap food products.
A Place at the Table examines the shocking reality behind the American dream through the lens of some of the country's 'working poor'. Rosie is a fifth-grader who struggles to concentrate at school, distracted by constant hunger and forced to rely on hand-outs from friends. Tremonica is a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother's wage affords.
Startling in its revelations, this film is essential viewing here in the UK, where a similar situation looms.
The filmmakers vividly illustrate the power and depth of the long-spiraling problem of "food insecurity" by immersing us in the hardscrabble lives of a cross section of our nation's poor. - Los Angeles Times
A Place at the Table makes a strong case that hunger for one is a problem for all. - Paste Magazine
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- Patrick Butler (Chair): Social Policy Editor for the Guardian
- Fiona Twycross: London Assembly member and Labour Politician
- Martin Caraher: Professor of Food and Health Policy at City University