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Our Daily Bread
LunowDate: Saturday, 2011-11-19, 7:40 PM | Message # 1
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Bypassing the human factor, Nikolaus Geyrhalter's provocative documentary offers an intensely clinical look at the machinery of industrial food production. Geyrhalter focuses his lens on high-tech aspects of agriculture, using a rich mix of film techniques to capture machines in action. Humans, animals and crops appear incidentally, with droning conveyor belts, automated crop dusters and other machinery in starring roles. - from Netflix

This is a very unusual movie. Not a word is spoken throughout. The filmmakers send cameras into farms, slaughter houses, greenhouses, fish farms, and food processing centers. There is no music and no spoken words. Instead, the only sounds are the animals, people, and machines that are involved in our food production.

I do show you some of the clips from this movie in class, but if you wanted to experience the whole gory thing, this movie is for you. The film production is incredible, and you will know that this movie is unlike anything you have ever seen before.

Be warned, however, that the scenes can be disturbing. You will probably not want to watch this during a meal.
 
zoeychu2Date: Wednesday, 2015-04-08, 12:35 PM | Message # 2
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I was actually very intrigued during this movie (maybe it's because I actually enjoy being exposed to those disturbing scenes). It's quite interesting how the movie was filmed with no voice-over or narration. I feel like the producers and directors wanted us to form our own thoughts and opinions about the way food production works in our modern world. It's disturbing. And no wonder most food productions happen away from our eyes. In our world today, there is no limit or restriction on what we can do to get capital, to get profit. But does that mean that we can treat other living things without respect? It's a vague, controversial question. But by having no narration or voice-over in this film, I believe this question turns into something quite rhetorical.
All in all, this is the extent of capitalism in agribusiness. This is what is happening to our food on our dinner plates. And like the film, there are no words for it.

I rate this movie 4.8/5 stars because I did lose interest a couple of a minutes but at the end, I gasped more times than any other food production movie.


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ayyyyylmaoooDate: Sunday, 2015-04-12, 10:54 PM | Message # 3
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Our Daily Bread was a peculiar disturbing film that opened my mind to the horrid path of factories and food manufacturing that is occurring. I remember you telling period four about a film that you wanted to show the class, but due to the gory content your did not want to. Well, now that I've seen this movie myself, I feel the need to want to show it to everyone. The movie shows the growing world of agribusiness through silent wide camera shots over fields of crops to closed in slaughterhouses with conveyor belts full of fish to fruit.
Agriculture is the main focus of the film, it shows different sanctions of livestock to gardening. I can almost smell the controversy through this movie, I mean, it depicts what everyone wonders what happens to their food. The reality of making money, efficient and almost painful ways to make more money. As seen in the movie, whether it's aisles filled with the flanks of beef or pigs hanging off of conveyor belts ready to be sliced by butchers, this movie has it all.
Machinery is heavily emphasized as well, trucks are seen sucking up chickens, yes that actually happens, into tubes. No need for human hands, drones are set up to automatically slice up fish, organize baby chicks, to whatever that rolling thing that killed that cow.
Honestly I was so interested in seeing what was happening that I never took in that what they filmed could be right now anywhere. I friggin saw people that have actual jobs standing on a lift slowly peeling off the skin on the body of an adult cow. I mean it wasn't even discreet it was like as if they were saying, hey man, I think it's your turn to cut the animal or hey dude you ready, it's peeling time. While sitting in box covered in cattle blood, like what even. Without any dialogue or narration, all you can do is just predict what the workers may be thinking. Agriculture has changed so much in the century that it is almost cruel to see what is happening to our food. Our Daily Bread is a great movie to watch to experience the reality of just how grotesque some of the world's food is being produced.
The movie can be a bit boring if it's mostly the plant parts, I mean it changes so instantly like one minute it's like plants, and next thing you know you're watching factory workers saw a pig in half. The gore is what probably will reel you in. The ominous noises of distant talking to heavy machinery almost makes the viewers feel as if they are inside those factories.

I strongly recommend watching this film with your kids, great way to introduce them to the real world.

Minh-Thi Le - Period 4


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stevenvu3245Date: Saturday, 2016-04-16, 5:45 PM | Message # 4
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This movie depicts the process of making and producing food.  This movie does contain plenty of disturbing scenes, although i do recommend this to everyone who is interested in knowing the truth behind factory doors.  Scenes that were particularly disturbing were involved with animals.  An example of this is when this man had a hole cut up on the side of the cow , and he thrusted his hand in there, trying to retrieve the baby cow. He trusted his hand in the slit a couple of times until he was able to pull the baby cow out.  It was interesting how the pregnant cow didn't react to this man's actions.  This film does emphasize on the fact that companies are willing to do anything to gain profit, whether if its from their crops or animals.  The film takes place in a time past the third agricultural revolution, which coincides with the industrial revolution since machines are seen being used to kill/process the animals (Unit 5).  This can be seen in the film when the fish are being slit in specific places with the bionic arms.  The film is probably taking place during the fifth industrial revolution of the green revolution since fertilizers are being heavily used throughout the film (Unit 5).  An example of this is when the plane flies across the field spraying some type of fertilizer along the way.  The lives of the people working in the factories are also shown in the movie.  They are shown to have poor diets, since they are eating quick and heft snacks in the movie, and they don't seem to enjoy their job, since their faces are shown while they eat, and they look stale. Some things were kind of hard to understand since there was no commentary at all in the movie, but most of it was simple stuff such as harvesting crops or killing animals.  The scene where the skin of the cow was peeled was so satisfying to watch, a perfect peel from top to bottom.  The main focus of this movie is definitely agriculture (Unit 5) since the whole movie is about producing food, and I would rate this movie 4/5 since it was kind of boring to watch some of the farming scenes, but the gory animal scenes made up for it.


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