“In Short Supply” to Be Shown at United Nations Association Film Festival
Washington, DC, August 7, 2012
Bread for the World’s recent film, “In Short Supply: Small Farmers and the Struggle to Deliver Healthy Food to Your Plate,” will be shown during the 2012 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF), Oct. 18-28, 2012 in the San Francisco Bay area.
“U.S. food and farm policies are overly complex, with challenges and injustices that many people are unaware of,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “The American food system needs updating to ensure that people have access to nutritious foods and that growers are supported in their efforts to get them to us. We are grateful to the United Nations Association Film Festival for recognizing the need to raise awareness of these issues.”
“In Short Supply” is produced by Laura Elizabeth Pohl, Bread for the World’s multimedia manager, and Brad Horn, production consultant. It illustrates some of the uncertainties small farmers face, from unpredictable weather to changing immigration laws. Through the stories of Ricky Horton and Sherilyn Shepard, two siblings who grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and other vegetables in southwestern Virginia, the video aims to show how the American food system poses obstacles to delivering healthy foods to American households.
UNAFF began as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. UNAFF harnesses the power of films dealing with the environment, population, migration, women’s issues, refugees, homelessness, racism, health, universal education, war, and peace.
The festival has screened some of the most awarded documentaries in the industry, including five that went on to win Academy Awards and 21 that were nominated for Academy Awards. With over 670 film submissions this year, the UNAFF carefully selected “In Short Supply” for its consistency with the festival’s theme of “Human Dignity.”
“We commend producers Laura Pohl and Brad Horn for their hard work on this film,” Beckmann added. “Their efforts will ensure that more people understand the nuances of American farm policy and are encouraged to take action.”
Please visit Bread for the World's Hunger Report to learn more about these issues.
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