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Food is Power: documentary season lifts the lid on the real cost of modern agriculture

Bertha DocHouse examines industiral agriculture's effect on our planet and ourselves

Cowspiracy Cow_opt!These ground-breaking documentaries carry a serious health warning!

You are what you eat but could what you eat be harming your body and wrecking the planet? What is the real price of a sugar hit, a cheap bottle of wine, sushi every day or a ‘healthy’ protein-based diet? Bertha DocHouse at Curzon Bloomsbury, the UK’s first and only dedicated documentary cinema screen, presents a striking season of provocative, independent documentaries on the food we produce, its impact on us and the modern world (July 17-23). The season, Food is Power, kicks off on Friday 17 July and showcases five films from around the world. It is particularly topical in the context of the secretive negotiations surrounding TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) about free trade and investment. Each different in style, these passionate, personal and pensive films challenge the status quo, exploring the health risks of our food choices and the legacy for the planet and the next generation. They expose what mega corporations would rather keep firmly under wraps. Food is Power brings together powerful classics and new releases, including Damon Gameau’s much- anticipated release That Sugar Film, a hilarious but cautionary tale which follows the writer-director as he spends 60 days on a diet equivalent to the average daily consumption of sugar in the western world. The results are shocking.ThatSugarFilm_Jam_opt Bertha DocHouse is also delighted to present Jonathan Nossiter’s recent release, Natural Resistance, which tells the story of traditional, natural wine growers in Tuscany coming up against the Goliath of EU dictates; Kip Anderson & Keegan Kuhn’s documentary Cowspiracy (2014), described by Darren Aronofsky as a “documentary that will rock and inspire the environmental movement”; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV04zyfLyN4 Phie Ambo’s Good Things Await (2014), a heart-warming story of one man against the crippling rules and regulations of industrialised food production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzBxGUvGNmo Finally, the season is bookended with a rare chance to see the classic, multi award-winning Our Daily Bread. Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s 2005 ground-breaking documentary is a visual essay which bears witness to the disturbing reality of industrialised food production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGtv1NqRKMA

Elizabeth Wood, Founder and Director of Bertha DocHouse, said: “Having a cinema screen dedicated to documentary film means we can programme themed seasons on issues that really matter in contemporary Britain. If you care about your health, the next generation’s health and the planet, this is a must-see season.” Tickets are available online here www.dochouse.org

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