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Koyaanisqatsi without Philip Glass and more butchery. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes the industrialized production of food–cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, salt, fish, beef, eggs, apples, pork, chicken, etc etc. Except for casual snippets overheard during worker’s poignant luch breaks, there is no dialogue–just striking images: men crawling after a neon-lit vehicle on their knees to harvest salad at night. A machine designed to gut pigs. Scientists analyzing bull sperm like aliens conducting unnatural experiments. People in hazmat suits spraying enormous hothouses growing bell peppers. Chicken getting vaccuumed off the floor by the hundreds. A young woman who spends all day cutting off pig’s feet with a specialized metal claw. At the intersection of biology and mass consumption stands the conveyor belt: everything we eat sooner or later gets ripped from mother nature’s bosom and shuffled mercilessly toward civilization’s insatiable maw. Geyrhalter saves the killing floor for last, and it’s impossible to watch the endless, efficient slaughter without thinking of the trains that ran (on time) to Auschwitz. About.com review forthcoming.

Our Daily Bread. Nikolas Geyrhalter, 2005. ****

[tags]documentary, film, 4 stars, food, industrialization, mass production, slaughter, guts, tomatoes, koyaanisqatsi, nyff[/tags]