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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Documentary Series Tackles Big Food Issues

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge Food Stamped screens at 18 Reasons on Sept. 21. - SUMMIT FILMS
  • Summit Films
  • Food Stamped screens at 18 Reasons on Sept. 21.

Food Stamped: Film and Conversation

Where: 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St. (at Dolores), 241-9760

When: Fri., Sept. 21, 7-9 p.m.

Cost: $12 (purchase tickets via Brown Paper Tickets)

The rundown: Food Stamped (2011), a documentary by Berkeley filmmaker Yoav Potash and his nutritionist wife Shira, shows firsthand the immense difficulties of eating nutritiously from the average of $1 per meal allotted for people who receive food stamps. Even with resources like the Berkeley Bowl and Shira's educational background at their fingertips, the couple still find it to be an almost impossible challenge. 18 Reasons will screen the film and follow it with a dicussion led by Leo O'Farrell, who is in charge of San Francisco's CalFresh department, which processes food stamp applications.

This is the first event in a three-part series of documentaries and discussions about pressing food issues. The next installment takes place on October 5 (HBO's The Weight of the Nation), with the third program yet to be announced.
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