Monday, June 22, 2009

Youssou N'Dour & Food, Inc.

I saw two amazing documentaries this weekend that everyone MUST go see. The first is Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love, a documentary about the Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour and the message of love and tolerance that he puts forth through his powerful music. Combining the breathtaking beauty of Senegal (some of the opening shots were so gorgeous I couldn't breath) and the stirring music of an artist like N'Dour, the film will leave you feeling inspired. The filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, was at our screening, and hearing her talk about her subject and the larger purpose in making the film, you knew that you had just witnessed a true labor of love. 

The second documentary, Food, Inc., is a look at our current food system, and explores the reasons behind why a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli at the supermarket. I'm so thankful to Ben for showing me years ago why it's important to buy seasonal, organic, local food, and to shop at farmer's markets whenever possible, and this film will do the same for you. We as consumers have so much power to effect change, and the opportunity to make our voices heard presents itself daily through the food we buy and the choices we make. 

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