Bread is the second most consumed food source worldwide. Bread is as old as civilization itself and is as important to contemporary culture in South Africa as it was to the first bakers who cultivated it from “grass” millennia ago. It is inextricably linked to the social, political, economic and culinary history of many nations and remains one of the most important, loved and exploited food sources today.
This documentary celebrates the diversity of bread and explores the spaces it occupy in the modern world. We can all remember some part of our history in relation to bread. For some it is the vivid memory of the town’s name imprinted on the side of the government loaf that remind them of their economic and social roots, for others it signifies religious fervor
“Bread, feeding the nation” is a personal journey for the director who grew up on a wheat farm in Bethlehem in the Free State, South Africa. Bethlehem means “House of Bread” after its Israeli namesake where bread most likely originated. As a child it was the only food he would eat sadly in the 20th century bread has become toxic. The documentary exposes the collusion within the wheat and milling industry that has led to the demise of this food source and attempt to identify the measures that can be taken to rectify the situation.
Director/Producer Wessel van Huyssteen
Director of Photography Jacques Nortier
Writer Wessel van Huyssteen
Editor Sandra Vieira