So why does The Friendly Veg care about the Oscars enough to blog about them? Because two films in the Best Documentary Feature category are two that every ethical eater and animal activist should see!
Food, Inc., unsurprisingly, garnered one of the coveted nominations. One of the most discussed and eye-opening docs of 2009, Food, Inc. makes a definite political statement about American agribusiness. You might not want to eat for a week after watching this movie, but Eric Schlosser ("Fast Food Nation") and Michael Pollan ("The Omnivore's Dilemma") provide great commentary during the film. Hopefully, it will inspire people to take action!
The Cove, which I recently saw at Tribeca Cinemas, is a sad expose about dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan- I got misty-eyed watching some of the brutal hidden camera scenes. You'll be horrified by the many cover-ups going on in Japan, and at the same time, you'll be inspired by activist Richard O'Barry- the trainer of the original Flipper- and his mission to protect dolphins around the world. During the post-film Q&A, director Louis Psihoyos recalled trying to get this film distributed in Japan, and how one Tokyo audience that did see The Cove reacted with horror; I truly hope this wins an Oscar and gets the word out about these cruel practices.
And though not nominated for an award, I just thought I'd mention another film in this movie-themed post that will be screening this Friday in Brooklyn. America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie is a documentary feature about the drastic transformation of Middle America's wild prairie into farmland and the environmental havoc that the change has caused. It will screen February 5th at 7:30pm at Union Docs, 322 Union Avenue in Williamsburg, and will be followed by a Q&A.