|A PLACE AT THE TABLE (directors: Kristi Jacobson/Lori Silverbush; cinematographers: Daniel B. Gold; editors: Andrea Scott/Madeleine Gavin/Jean Tsien; music: T-Bone Burnett/The Civil Wars; cast: Jeff Bridges, Mariana Chilton, Tom Colicchio, Raj Patel, Janet Poppendieck, Ken Cook, James McGovern, Barbie Izquierdo; Runtime: 84; MPAA Rating: PG; producers: Ryan Harrington/Julie Goldman/Kristi Jacobson/Lori Silverbush; Magnolia Pictures; 2012)|
|"The pic might lack style
to keep it exciting, but its public service
message hits on a vital issue that should
concern all Americans."
by Dennis Schwartz
case you are totally out of it, this earnest
documentary co-directed by Kristi Jacobson
and Lori Silverbush, tells us America has a big
problem over hunger. It lays it on a bit
thick about America's vast hidden hunger problem,
where 49 million people in the U.S. go to
sleep without a proper meal and that one in four are
children. The filmmakers go into detail examining
this enormous problem through the eyes of three
different families struggling with feeding their
kids. It tells of a second-grader from rural
Colorado and how her family is reliant on getting by
with a little help from neighbors, a big city
impoverished single mom in Philadelphia
trying her best to feed her two young kids and a
single mom from
Mississippi feeding her second-grader an unhealthy
diet of processed
foods because its cheap.
The filmmakers, among others,
interview nutrition experts, a pastor, teachers and
activists to offer some more insights into this
large national problem and as a result offer some
logical ways to deal with this gnawing problem.
The pic might lack style to keep
it exciting, but its public service message hits on
a vital issue that should concern all Americans of
how there's no government effort to eliminate
hunger. We learn that the government changed
directions under the Reagan administration and ever
since its priorities no longer are concerned with
human being's most basic need of eating and are no
longer in the business of solving a problem that can
be solved if it received the government's attention.
Those who oppose such government efforts believe the
problem can be solved only by the private sector.
REVIEWED ON 11/15/2013 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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