A Place at the Table

2013

A Place at the Table

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A Place at the Table is a well-reported documentary that raises important questions about the state of hunger in America culture.

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49 million people in the U.S. - one in four children - don't know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people for who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado second-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger's Mariana Chilton, Top Chef's Tom Colicchio and Oscar (R)-winning actor Jeff Bridges. Ultimately, Finding North shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides - as they have in the past - that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. (c) Magnolia

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  • That's one of the infuriating things about this documentary. It gives all of the information needed to pull at our heartstrings, but almost none needed to assess the problem clearly and think through possible solutions.

    December 14, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] revelatory new documentary about hunger in the United States.

    November 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • An informative and often infuriating picture that deserves to be seen.

    April 28, 2015
  • Tale of two Americas documentary highlights the plight of the 50 million poor folks who go to sleep hungry every night.

    January 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/4
  • The saddest story belongs to a single mother who got a full time job and is now off welfare, but can't afford to feed her children on her salary. This is one of those movies that will make you mad, or at least it should.

    December 29, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The pic might lack style to keep it exciting, but its public service message hits on a vital issue that should concern all Americans.

    November 18, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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