Ann Shin on Super Foods, Ghetto Gardens and the Butterfly Effect

The health food craze is often overwhelming for anyone hoping to eat with more care. Where does one begin? How do you know if the approach is comprehensive, holistic or even that sane? And then this ‘fad’ called superfoods appears? What are they? And are they worth the price and hassle of trying to get them into our diets on a daily basis.

Every year, the western world is introduced to a new ‘superfood’ that boasts extraordinary nutritional features, and year after year we buy them. The Superfood Chain is a feature documentary that explores the facts and myths behind superfoods, and reveals the ripple effect of the ‘superfood’ industry on farming and fishing families around the world.

Are so called superfoods really that great for you? And how does the burgeoning global demand impact the indigenous cultures who grow the food and depend on it as a staple? The Superfood Chain is a beautiful cinematic documentary that investigates how the super food industry affects the lives of farming families from Bolivia, Ethiopia, Philippines, and Haida Gwaii.

While superfoods have become a globalized trend, few people know if they’re really that great for you, and even fewer realize the profound impact that the superfood industry has on the farmers who produce them and the indigenous communities who rely on them as a staple food. The Superfood Chain takes a closer look at the superfoods we eat as well as the lives of superfood producing families around the world.

Ann Shin and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her important new film, ghetto gardens, sustainability, local versus fair trade, the butterfly effect and crossing into other cultures.

About the Director: Ann Shin is an award-winning Director and Producer known for beautiful, compelling documentary films, series and innovative interactive projects. Her films and series have aired on CBC, TVO, HBO, ABC, CBC The Documentary Channel, Discovery Channel, HGTV, History Channel, SLICE.

Her latest film, My Enemy, My Brother won Grand Jury Prize at SDAIFF , the short version was shortlisted for a 2016 Academy Award, and nominated for an Emmy. Her cross-platform project The Defector film won Best Documentary and Best Documentary Director at the Canadian Screen Awards. The Defector Interactive won the FITC Award, the Canadian Digi Award, and at the SXSW Interactive Festival. The Four Seasons Mosaic was a Gemini nominee for Best Performance Doc. Other credits include Chris Award-winning The Roswell Incident, Western Eyes, and Almost Real: Connecting in a Wired World.

Image Copyright: Fathom Film Group and Ann Shin. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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