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Der Tagesspiegel:
“A Waste Thriller”

At the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

Dir. Valentin Thurn, Germany 2011, 88 min., German with English subtitles

More than half of our food goes to waste. Most of it is already lost on its way from the field to the store before it ever even arrives on our tables. Every other lettuce, every other potato and one out of 5 loafs of bread. The system reaches around the world. Everything needs to be available at all times, supermarkets offer the full range of products year round. In addition everything needs to look perfect. One sagging leaf of lettuce, one cut in a potato, one dent in an apple is reason enough to reject the product.

As scary and horrifying this film is, it also shows that people’s mindsets are changing and all around the world movements are under way to find alternatives to this insane wastefulness.

Q and A with the director and reception following the screening.

Added by Goethe-Institut on January 18, 2012

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