Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(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.
Movie review: ‘Place at the Table’ documents problems of hunger in America
First Published Mar 01 2013 10:55 am • Last Updated Mar 01 2013 10:55 am

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.

At a glance


‘A Place at the Table’

Opens Friday, March 1, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated PG for thematic elements and brief mild language; 94 minutes.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

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.

movies@sltrib.com; www.sltrib.com/entertainment

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.