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.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.