In the award-winning documentary Modified, filmmaker Aube Giroux and her mother embark on a very personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world.
Interweaving the personal and the political, the film is anchored around the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, a gardener and food activist who battled cancer during the film's production. Their intimate mother-daughter quest for answers, fuelled by a shared love of food, reveals the extent to which the agribusiness industry controls our food policies, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system. A visual celebration of food and family legacy, the film has been praised by world-renowned chef Jacques Pépin as “a very personal, tender, touching tribute and a well-researched, enlightening and powerful documentary”.
|Production:||Aube Giroux, Camelia Frieberg|
|Actors:||Dr. Jane Goodall, Gilles-Eric Séralini, Andrew Kimbrell, Bernie Sanders, Jali Giroux, Violet Burnett, Anaya Igloliorte, Luka Jamieson, Bill Biggs, Larry Erickson, Peter Pauls, Lucy Sharatt, Conrad Brunk, Arnaud Apoteker, Gilles-Éric Séralini, Denis Benoît, Sylvie Benoît-Poulain, Gilles-André Perron, Rachel Parent, Belinda Martineau, Gord Surgeonner, George Naylor, Klaas Martens, Mary-Howell Martens, Zen Honeycutt, Pamm Larry, Monica Lopez, Dave Murphy, Jessica Lundberg, Teo Zagar|
|Our age recommendation:||12|
|Country of origin:||Canada|
|Shooting Locations:||Canada, France, United States|
|Screening rights:||Peas In A Pod Films ()|
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Through the use of family home video archives, whimsical animations and mouth-watering vignettes from Giroux’s celebrated farm-to-table cooking show, Kitchen Vignettes, Modified is a visual celebration of food, farming, cooking and family legacy. – CBC/Radio-Canada
In the hands of a less creative storyteller, this subject matter could be as dry as a saltine. But Giroux peppers the film with clever stop-motion animations; clear, entertaining, and understandable explanations of the science; humour; and delicious recipes à la her award-winning PBS series, Kitchen Vignettes. – Harrowsmith
Like Agnes Varda in The Gleaners & I, she went to meet various people directly affected by these policies, lifting the veil on the weight of the agri-food industry in the face of the democratic process. – Métro
Aube Giroux wanted to make a film about food, she ended up making a film about democracy. – Le Devoir
An affectionate narration about a subject that has not been covered in such a way for some time. – Laudatio Green Screen film festival
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