Enjoy your meal! tracks down the origin of a meal prepared by renowned chefs. The film traces not only where the ingredients are coming from, but stresses also the impact on local life. Soya beans, the main food for the piglet, grow mostly in Brazil on huge pieces of land, right next to an Indian tribe. As a result, their natural habitat changes drastically. Prawns from the Philippines are cultivated by a former banker, seeing his dreams come true, but at the cost of the local fishermen. Sugar snaps in Kenya are massively exported to Europe. A visit to the land where they are grown shows the reality and how it brings people to desperate actions.
Many people in the food industry work hard and try to make a living, mostly without even realizing the long-term impact of this industry to others and the environment. The food on our plate tells a bigger story than we initially know. A creative documentary on how food changes the world. Enjoy your meal!
Walther Grotenhuis graduated in 1978 at the Dutch Film Academy and was active in the documentary world from the start. In the 80’s, he directed, produced and wrote documentaries for Dutch television channels (VPRO, NPS, NCRV, VARA, ..) and governmental organizations, all with a political, social and environmental background. In 1993 he was producer/director of A truth with many faces (NCRV). The film won a Dutch Award for best scenario, was nominated for the ‘Gouden Kalf’ and was awarded as Best Dutch TV documentary of the year. He was also director/producer of Aids: a woman’s story (AVRO) which received a Golden Rose nomination (Montreux, Luzern) in 2005.
Enjoy your Meal! was his first independent documentary.
Directed by Walther Grotenhuis
Editor - Mario Steenbergen
Dop - Adri Schrover, André Luis da Cunha
Sound - Francisco Pereira da Sousa (Brazil), Wouter Veldhuis (Philippines, Kenia, Netherlands)
Music - Johan Hoogewijs
Duration: 89' & 55'
Coproduced with Kleine Beer Films (NL)
Supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO Fund, NCDO and Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Also supported by Oxfam Novib, VSBfund, IKON, ICCO, World Wildlife Fund Netherlands, the Belgian Development Cooperation, DGOS, Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade & Development Cooperation, Milieudefensie, Solidaridad, Lichtpunt, Mediafonds, Triodosbank, contributors
Language: Dutch, English
Subtitles: English, Dutch