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"A Place at the Table" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

50 Million Americans - 1 in 4 children - don't know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides - as they have in the past - that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.

Specifications

  • Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • Color, 2013, Rated PG, 1 hour 24 minutes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • MPEG 4/ 1080p
  • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
  • Starring : Jeff Bridges and others
  • Directed by: Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

You would think that the greatest nation in the world would not have 50 million people going to bed hungry each night. As a guy who volunteers at a local soup kitchen each month, I can tell you first hand that the people that are hungry are not all lazy, or on drugs or even homeless. This documentary helps the rest of the nation to see what is going on right in front of us each day, if we only open our eyes and really see what is going on around us. Children are the most suceptible. As one man puts it, "If another country was doing this to our kids, we'd be at war!" Politics aside, Washington in general finds the funds to do the things they want, but can never find the funds to do the things people desperately need. Interestingly, we had the hunger issue licked in the 70’s, but now it is worse than ever before. Not a “feel good” film, but it does end with a few rays of hope. This documentary garnered an award at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Technical

The film itself looks crisp and sharp, with the exception of stock footage from news reels. Though it is made in surround sound, it never called attention to itself. Rightfully so, as it is all dialog. Hard to watch, but not dificult to look at, this film is worth your time.

Extras

A cornucopia of extras: several movie previews, commentary, deleted scenes, interviews and more.