Hungry for Profit
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- Investigation, Foreign Worlds, Human Rights, and Contemporary Issues
Filmed on five continents, this provocative documentary takes a close look at the global agribusiness system, which is turning the world's food supply into a global supermarket, buying food at the lowest prices—seemingly regardless of the effect on small farmers and local populations—and selling it at the highest price and the greatest profit whenever possible.
A clearheaded and moving film about the rise of global agribusiness and the disturbing effects of first-world economic concerns on third-world food supply ...Many of the issues investigated remain at the core of the global hunger debate." —Gourmet Magazine, February 2007
"Clear and convincing. Excellent for studies of population, land use, food economics, international banking, social organization, history and comparative government."
—Amer. Assn. for the Advancement of Science
"No other documentary conveys the role of agribusiness and the importance of "food first" to the hungry."
—Institute for Food & Development Policy
- Show treatment
In Manufacturing Consent Noam Chomsky wrote WNET lost Gulf and Western funding after broadcasting Hungry for Profit. Chomsky added that even before it was shown, “in anticipation of negative corporate reaction, station officials 'did all we could to get the program sanitized (according to one station source).”’
The CEO of Gulf and Western complained the program was “virulently anti-business” and that airing it was “not the behavior of a ‘friend’ of the corporation.” The British Economist magazine wrote “Most people believe that WNET would not make the same mistake again.”
"I'm glad somebody had the courage to tell this story!" —Bread for the World
"An intelligent and merciless investigation into famine, with global agribusiness as the main culprit."
An international development documentary that goes behind the famine headlines.
"Clearly makes the connection between first world corporate profit motive and Developing World hunger. People in the United States need to know more about how our actions affect others around the world. 'Hungry for Profit' vividly conveys that message."
—Interfaith Hunger Coalition of Southern California
"Extremely well done and haunting. Sure to touch many people. Classroom teachers could interrupt the film in strategic places and initiate a lively discussion. Strongly recommended. Excellent."
—World Hunger Program, American Friends Service Committee
"One of the best videos on this topic." —Development Update
- Running time
- 85 minutes
- Robert Richter ... Producer, Director, Writer,
- Burleigh Wartes ... Cinematographer
- Peter Kinoy ... Editor
- David Loxton ... Executive Producer
- Prod. Co.
- Richter Productions
- United States
- Years of Production
- Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Senegal, Kenya, Philippines, United States
- Release year
- PBS Primetime broadcast, CINE Golden Eagle
- Broadcast (Prod.)
- English, Tagalog, French, Swahili, Portugese, Thai
- English Subtitles
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