Silent film highlights problems of factory farming

The film “Our Daily Bread” takes a look at factory farming. Photo courtesy nytimes.com

A silent film about factory farming in Germany was shown last week, continuing a weekly film series organized by the Ecology Center of the Siskiyous.

“Our Daily Bread” is a film about what goes into the harvesting of the majority of foods that we eat. From tracks in between rows of peppers to the slaughter house, this film gives an all access pass.

The film uses no music or dialogue and the images are all that the film makers use to get their point across.

“It really shows the disconnect between the people and the food,” said ECOS Co-Director Benji Nagel. “It makes you think hard about where you get your food from.”

ECOS partners with Case Coffee and the Ashland Food Co-op to provide free coffee and dinner at feature film showings. This partnership also brings in members of the community to these screenings.

Next week, Wednesday Feb. 23rd, ECOS will screen the film “Fresh”, which showcases the other options consumers have about their farmed foods, with small, local, organic farms.  

Films are screened every Wednesday in Stevenson Union room 319 at 6 p.m. Feature films are screened every other week with shorter or more light hearted films such as Fern Gully or Planet Earth being shown on the off weeks. There is a discussion session following each screening.  

For more information about the film series or ECOS, visit their office in the lower level of the Stevenson Union or stop by their weekly meetings Fridays at 11 a.m.

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