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.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.