A special preview screening of a film about the global food crisis will take place on Wednesday Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in Wake Forest’s Annenberg Forum. A Q&A with the film’s director, Mitch Levine, will also take place following the special screening.
Shot on location throughout Indonesia and India, this film is a feature documentary set against the backdrop of the global food crisis. Today, skyrocketing prices of rice, corn and other basic staples and a lack of dairy, protein and vitamins spark food riots and threaten to drive hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people deeper into hunger and malnutrition. This film takes us on a journey from the small town of Anand, India to the islands and villages of Indonesia, where agriculture and the welfare of the people have long been neglected.
It tells the story of the White Revolution, an effort to bring dairy cooperatives to impoverished villages around the world as a means of combating malnutrition at its source and getting milk to starving and malnourished children and their families. Weaving together expert interviews and the voices of the Indonesian and Indian people, the film employs traditional documentary techniques and utilizes Javanese performance as the narrative spine of the story. It includes traditional and contemporary Indian and Indonesian music and a special song by Patti Smith.
The screening is sponsored by the Documentary Film Program and is free and open to the public.