Movie review: ‘Place at the Table’ documents problems of hunger in America
Published: March 1, 2013 11:14AM
Updated: March 1, 2013 10:55AM
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Courtesy photo Leslie Nichols, a teacher in a Colorado town, delivers food-bank packages to families of her students, in a moment from the documentary "A Place at the Table." The film discusses the problem of hunger in America.

The facts presented in the documentary “A Place at the Table” (which debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival under the title “Finding North”) are harsh: One in six Americans don’t get enough to eat on a regular basis, and what they can afford is usually junk — largely because U.S. farm policy is weighted away from fruits and vegetables and toward grains that are converted into processed food.

The movie explores the link between hunger and obesity (because people can’t afford to buy healthy food, or because their neighborhoods only have convenience stores) and the limits of government aid and charitable donations.

Filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush present these facts in a highly polished package, weaving real-life stories of people struggling to find sufficient food with interviews of policy experts and celebrities who have made hunger their cause, including Jeff Bridges and “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio. The urgent message is conveyed with lucid animation, beautiful cinematography and haunting songs by T Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars.

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‘A Place at the Table’

Opens today at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated PG for thematic elements and brief mild language; 94 minutes.