Food Film Festival gives Prague moviegoers a taste of science
The fourth Food Film Festival brought documentaries from around the world to Prague’s National Technical Library over the weekend. Morgan Childs visited the one-day event to find out what it had to offer.
Festival interpreter Halka Varhaníková told me why the food series is a natural extension of the larger festival, held at the Czech University of Life Sciences.
"A lot of the films are fantastic. There's so much information, scientific information, many times. Many of the films are basically scientific. And when you see the film and you know that it's only the students at the university that are going to see it, then you think that it's a pity and it would be really interesting to show it to the public. So the idea is to show some of the films that we think are the best to the public because a lot of the information is something that people should know.
Festivalgoers had a chance to smell and taste the science behind the films, with pairings intended to bring the systems and processes behind the food to life. The organizers argue, as this year’s slogan proclaims, “The more you know, the better you eat.” Varhaníková explains.
"If you know, for example, how a certain kind of food is produced—for example, processed food—then you realize that it's maybe not very good for you. So the idea behind the debates, and often it's the idea behind the films, is that we should think about what we eat. We should not just consume anything you can get in the supermarket because that might not be very healthy. And it usually isn't. For example, if you eat standard meat that you buy in a supermarket, the animal has lived in a not very good environment.