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Milk, Bottled Water and Organic Farming: Foodie Films at NHFF 2012

The New Hampshire Film Festival is featuring a trio of films that will intrigue and inspire anyone who is interested in food policy, farming, social justice, or organic farming .

In Organic We Trust explores how the “organic” label went from a grassroots movement started by sustainable farmers to a heavily marketed $30 billion industry. Seventy-eight percent of Americans eat some organic food because they think it’s healthier—but even processed gummy bears can claim the label “organic”. Large corporations have taken over, scaled-up, consolidated, and outsourced, and turned the “certified organic” label into a marketing scheme. This is a film about where organic went wrong, and the individual citizens who are taking it back—from the soil up. In Organic We Trust is showing at 2:35 p.m. on Saturday at the Music Hall Loft screening room.

A still from “In Organic We Trust”

Bottled Life is a film about Nestle, the biggest bottled water distributor in the world. Swiss journalist Res Gehringer has investigated the money-making phenomena of the global business of bottled water. Gehringer went on a journey of exploration, researching the story in the USA, Nigeria and Pakistan.  His journey into the world of bottled water reveals the schemes and strategies of the most powerful food and beverage company on our planet. Bottled Life is showing at 12:30 p.m. at the Seacoast Repertory Theater.

A still from “Bottled Life”

Milk?  is the story of an inquisitive man who sets out to find the facts about milk and discovers more about the growing controversy surrounding it. Throughout the journey, he is left with more and more questions instead of answers and remains dangling and confused amidst vastly opposing position held by various doctors, scientists, nutritionists and experts. Milk is a food so fundamental to our daily diet that its value for our health, it seems, is left unquestioned. Milk is the perfect food. Or is it? Milk? is showing at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Moffatt-Ladd House screening room

From restaurants to family farms to a thriving schedule of farmers’ markets, the NH Seacoast has an active community of people who care deeply about food—where it comes from, the people who grow it and how it tastes. The NHFF is excited to be adding to the conversation with these three fascinating documentaries. We hope you’ll join us for these films and more!

Please note that films and screening times are subject to change. Be sure to pick up your official NHFF program during the Festival and consult the schedule for any programming changes. 

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