But not to get lost in the political action is the film itself, which tells a difficult story that touches not only on hunger but on other topics sometimes avoided at the dinner table: poverty, obesity, economic justice, the health care system, education and national security. It doesn’t flinch from broaching tough issues, nor does it hesitate to call out public officials the filmmakers think are not part of the solution.
Bridges, a longtime anti-hunger activist who founded the End Hunger Network, captures the spirit of the movie when he says: “It’s about patriotism really. Stand up for your country. How do you envision your country? Do you envision a country where 1 in 4 of the kids are hungry?”
Details on the National Action Center can be found on the documentary’s website starting Friday: takepart.com/place-at-the-table/action.
“A Place at the Table” opens Friday at the E Street Cinema at 555 11th St. NW.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.