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First, there is a distinction between documentaries and feature films. Starting with the documentaries: it is possible to make a rough division between the films that are critical of the system and films that expose some kind of food miracle. Films like these tell the story of the negative effects of food production. They provide us with tools to adapt our behavior and make the world a better place, but they are not very upbeat...An important part of the philosophy of the Food Film Festival is that we must continue to enjoy creating a better world. The second category of documentaries are therefore focused on the pleasures of eating...Another pillar of the Food Film Festival philosophy is that food is culture. There is of course no medium where you can better see this than in the movies.
This year's festival begins today in Amsterdam and continues on through Sunday. I sadly cannot be there to experience this event in person, but just knowing that it exists gives me hope. It also fits with my own documentary work! Go to my blog The Gringa Eats Brazilian for more info on my upcoming film. To learn more about Slow Food news in the United States, check out Slow Food USA's website.