1. Country Town (1943)

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    Set in Boston, Lincolnshire, this short film aims to introduce the viewer to a typical, thriving, market town. Narrated by the friendly local newspaper editor, it focuses on the themes of community and industry, gently and genially exploring the changes brought about by World War 2. Find out more information about this title at britishcouncil.org/film.

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    • The Answer (1940)

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      A series of short vignettes depicts how the people working in different industries, from different parts of Britain, from coal mining to shipbuilding, continue to operate full-steam ahead. Designed to showcase the defiant strength and unity of the people supporting the war effort from home. Find out more information about this title at britishcouncil.org/film.

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      • Sazanami Fishing Cooperative

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        Sazanami Fishing Cooperative operates out of Nanao, Japan, a small fishing village located at the base of the Noto Peninsula on the Sea of Japan. The waters off the peninsula contain some of Japan’s richest source of fish; we visited in January which happened to be buri (yellowtail) season, a fish that marks the winter throughout the country. We stayed at a nearby ryokan where every single dish we were served for dinner featured buri in some form or another. It gave us a good idea of what we’d see in the morning. We arrived at the docks at 4am long before sunrise. Men huddled around fires burning in steel barrels like hobos waiting to catch out. The cooperative is made up of a wide-range of hard men and restless high school boys still unsure of their futures. Traveling out to the open waters with them we got the feeling we were witnessing the arc of a local man’s life. Live by the sea, die by it. The Noto seemed like the kind of place where little changes over time. Soon the young men on the boats will become old and the cycle of life will repeat itself in a way people in cities now like to call ‘sustainable’ but is really just the way things are done and always have been. Like that cycle we learned too that the benefit of joining a commercial fishing expedition was the chance to consider the food chain up close. For us, the sea has always been a magical mystery, so full of unseeable things blanketed beneath the water’s surface. Over the course of the morning we would see everything we’d been eating during our time in Japan -- yellowtail, squid, octopus, mackerel. The way the fish emerged out of the dark waters was like a gift or prize or theft, a reward that felt illicit since we’d done nothing to deserve it other than to be there. We were told there would be stink but we never noticed it. We were warned about seasickness but were too excited to ever feel the boat’s motion. Seeing the catch of fish felt important the way visiting a farm is for a child -- to learn where things come from -- a small lesson, perhaps, underscored by the embarrassment that we’d never attempted to observe this process before. Out on the water the boats creep in a pincer movement, slowly urging their catch into the center of the massive net. We were told it was a traditional way of fishing, this entrapment, and other than the motors that drove the cranes and pulleys it was easy to imagine how the people in this area could have fished like this for centuries, the town’s sons and fathers and grandfathers banding together for the daily harvest year after year after year. To a city dweller, life out by the sea always feels somehow simpler -- a dumb fallacy, of course. It’s not so much simpler as it is more elemental: water, cold, darkness, speed. It’s a compressed experience, one where everything feels identifiable and known even if the elements are never under control or really understood. It’s an experience that stays with you -- you think you’re right to eat this way, a sea-based diet, even as you’re confronted with the unlucky mass of sea life struggling in the net, with the pile of dying fish, with the ultimate randomness of the catch itself. The sea and everything that comes out of it, the men who work in the dark to extract fish from sea, are all a revelation that will be remembered forever. www.myorangebox.com www.tramnesia.com

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        • An Overview of Sustainability in Food Production

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          • 12. SpectroNet Collaboration Forum - Precise Cutting of Meat for Ecological Food Production

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            Jörg Schmitz - STEMMER IMAGING GmbH Content: FOOD PROCESSING PRECISE MEAT CUTTING HOW TO DEFINE A PRECISE CUT? OTHER APPLICATIONS WHAT‘S NEEDED FROM THE VISION SIDE http://spectronet.de/de/vortraege_bilder/vortraege_2011/12-spectronet-collaboration-forum-puchheim-near-m_gw9cgbcy.html

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            • Split Life of Food

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              Music by Camp Wisdom "Seed Song": http://campwisdom.bandcamp.com/ Check out their other stuff See it in Higher Quality at: http://youtu.be/LyzadCOqwvA A collaborative project that Garrett Swanson, WIlly Walker, and Zephyr Phoenix made for the Media Artists Studio program at The Evergreen State College in the fall of 2011. This was a formal experiment exploring food cycles and the split screen editing technique Filmed on: Canon T2i (550D) Canon T3i (600D) Sony HXR-NX5U After the experience I think I prefer filming on my Canon T3i, at least at the moment. Alot of the Canon DSLR footage was filmed with the Technicolor Cinestyle picture format, and all footage was color corrected in Final Cut.

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              • Expedition Nature's Realm: Fields of Plenty (Ep 5)

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                EXPEDITION NATURE'S REALM is an eight part documentary series directed and produced by Cameron Douglas Craig that explores the coexistence between humanity and nature that is Earth. Throughout the series, issues that concern the future of the natural environment are presented with vivid images of nature at work in the past and present with the hopes that viewers make their own decision what is to be done for the future. After all, we are all equal and temporary inhabitants of this precious but fragile dot in a very large universe. In the fifth episode, "Fields of Plenty," we explore the question of where our food comes from and the future of food production. Copyright 2007 www.TCPFilms.com

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                • Get off my Planet: Happy Birthday 7 Billion

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                  To mark the world’s population reaching 7 billion on Halloween 2011, WORLDbytes has launched this hilarious parody of modern day Malthusian thinking. The programme features talented Blood Brothers star and ex-RSC actor James Hirst as the central character, Bill. For Bill the news of 7 billion is a Halloween nightmare. His solutions include: getting rid of ‘thickies’, euthanasia, gelding and paying African women not to have children- a carbon offsetting scheme first proposed by the Optimum Population Trust, now rebranded as Population Matters. Bill is no Daily Mail reader, he gets his over-consumption paranoia from the Guardian and he’s going for the cull. This parody reflects WORLDbytes’ concern to challenge the profoundly anti-human roots of over population ideas.

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                  • Symbiosis in Schools

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                    This video summarizes a two day workshop for K12 science teachers to bring symbiosis science into their classrooms. The goal of this program is to provide students with real world science experiences and to recruit an army of citizen scientists to collect data for a national database. The database is part of a U.S. Geological Survey effort to map the distribution of native and invasive plants in the U.S., the habitats in which they are located and the endophytes within them. This effort will allow for the design of new strategies for mitigating impacts of climate change in agricultural and natural ecosystems, improve habitat restoration efforts and manage invasive plants.

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                    • Barbara Becker - AM2011

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                      "Global food demand and production", by Barbara Becker, ETHZ. AGS Annual Meeting 24-25 January 2011, Chalmers, Göteborg, Sweden.

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