In an era where just about everyone is counting pennies as well as calories, Berkeley-based husband and wife filmmaking duo Shira and Yoav Potash recently embarked on the “Food Stamp Challenge” where they ate on roughly one dollar per meal and a documented their low-budget food adventure in the film Food Stamped. The film was screened last year at the Hazon Food Conference. But you can catch the film this weekend at the JCC in Berkeley, CA.
In a similar vein to Super Size Me, Food Stamped employs humor and a personalized approach while addressing serious concerns about what we eat. The film uses the Food Stamp Challenge as a point of entry to introduce larger themes of health and nutrition, food and environmental justice, and government subsidies for commodity crops. Over the course of a year, the couple interviewed food justice activists, nutrition experts, and ordinary people living on food stamps to take a deep look at the struggles low-income Americans face every day while trying to put three-square meals on the table.
Food Stamped Screenings
Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 8:00pm
& Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 7:00pm
at the JCC East Bay Theater
1414 Wa lnut Stre et, Berkeley, CA 94709