This year’s Labor Goes to the Movies film series presents a group of films—documentary and fiction—that take the threat of apocalypse as their premise. The threat of global climate change has given apocalyptic scenarios more mainstream girth, but filmmakers have been documenting and imagining man-made end times for years. The featured films depict nuclear confrontation, resource wars, tampering with ecological balance, or nature’s metaphysical revenge. They are meant to stimulate discussion about options for future actions.
OUR DAILY BREAD
(2005, Germany-Austria, Nikolaus Geyrhalter)
Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s 2005 documentary is a visually stunning exposé of industrial farming and food production. The jury at the Ecocinema International Film Festival in Athens, in awarding Our Daily Bread the best film award, noted: “This film is exceptional in revealing the truth about an issue we all know but all want to forget: what is really in our plate. The way of revealing this truth was exceptional too, in the matching of the expressive means with the subject. The cold mechanical eye of the camera is filming the cruel industrial way of producing food today. The result was shocking like a punch to the stomach.” Here we are shown the apocalyptic cost incurred to support our modern diet.
Doors open at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.