Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival 2020

Program 06 - PLANET FOOD

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In this visual celebration of food and family, the filmmaker and her mother embark on a very personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. Through their shared love of food, the extent to which the agribusiness industry controls our food policies is revealed, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system. This mulitple award-winning documentary was praised by world-renowned chef Jacques Pépin and won the prestigious 2019 James Beard Broadcast Media Award for Best Documentary.

Director's Statement:

When I returned home after living in Europe for two years (where GMOs on food products are clearly labeled), I began to question why the Canadian and American governments were refusing to label GMOs here. It quickly became obvious that our elected representatives are not representing their constituents' wishes since over 80% of Canadians and Americans want GMOs labeled. The more I looked into it, the more it seemed obvious that industry was calling the shots when it came to policies around GMOs. Having grown-up with a mom who grew most of our food in her lush garden and whose passion for cooking was contagious, I had always planned for this film to be rooted in a shared love of food, and anchored in my mom's vibrant garden and kitchen. But two years into the film’s production, she was diagnosed with brain cancer and the film suddenly took on a much more intimate and urgent tone than what I had anticipated. The film has become a tribute and a rallying cry, honouring my mom's belief that we all have a right to know what's in our food and that if we want a sustainable and transparent food system, governments must place the interests of citizens ahead of corporate interests.

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  • Runtime
    87 minutes
  • Language
    English, French
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  • Note
    Director Biography - Aube Giroux: Aube Giroux is a documentary filmmaker, organic gardener, and award-winning food blogger who works on food and sustainability issues. She has directed two documentaries for the National Film Board and several independent productions. Her work has been shown on CBC and at international film festivals. Aube is the creator of Kitchen Vignettes, an acclaimed online farm-to-table cooking show on PBS with a large social media following. The show received the 2012 Saveur Magazine Best Food Blog Award and is a two-time James Beard Award nominee. Aube holds an MFA in Film Production from York University. Modified is her first feature-length documentary.
  • Director
    Aube Giroux
  • Screenwriter
    Aube Giroux
  • Producer
    Aube Giroux, Camelia Frieberg
  • Editor
    Aube Giroux, Mike Munn