Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s 2016 documentary, ‘Food Evolution’ will be screened at Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue on 13th June.
A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
13 June 2018, 09:00 PM
13 June 2018, 12:00 AM
The Ramadocs screenings at cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue this Ramadan comes to a close on 13th June with screening of ‘Food Evolution’, a passionate documentary that looks at the controversy surrounding the relationship between Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and the impact of this science on the food on our table.
This screening is in collaboration with the American Film Showcase, the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the US General Consulate in Dubai. FOOD EVOLUTION, by Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Travelling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, the film narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, wrestles with the emotions and the science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time.
The doc is significant for a couple of reasons. First, it is one of the most controversial and contentious docs on the food industry because it delves into the positive side of GMOs on sustaining the human food supply, and second, it received a rare 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
Crisscrossing the world from Hawaii’s papaya plantations to Uganda’s banana farms and Iowa’s cornfields, Hamilton Kennedy presents a balanced argument for both sides, and addresses the most common questions asked by consumers concerned about both knowing what they are eating and wanting to protect the planet for future generations.
Enlisting experts such as Alison Van Eenennaam, Jeffrey Smith, Mark Lynas, Michael Pollan, Andrew Kimbrell, Marion Nestle, Bill Nye, Vandana Shiva and Robert Fraley, as well as farmers and scientists from around the world, this bold and necessary documentary separates the hype and emotion from the science and data to unravel the debate around food, and help audiences reach their own conclusions.
The doc has smart things to say about humans' reluctance to change our minds about things we don’t seem to understand particularly when the issue at hand has a moral component or involves our personal interests. While the passionate advocates in the film are all concerned with the stewardship of safe, nutritious food for the planet, their differing views over what constitutes the truth have pit them against each other, rendering the very subject of food itself into an ideological battleground. You don't have to be a scientist to find yourself moved to action on an issue of public health. As Food Evolution rightly insists, though, you shouldn't claim to hold the scientific high ground if you aren't willing to accept the rigor and open-mindedness required by the scientific method.
In a debate in which all sides claim to be on the side of science, FOOD EVOLUTION brings a fresh perspective to one of the most critical issues facing global society today.