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Film Gives an Inside Look into European Food Industry

Filmmaker’s Visit Part of SMCM Environmental Film Series
April 9, 2010
Press Release #10-049


Austrian filmmaker Wolfgang Widerhofer will screen and discuss his documentary, "Our Daily Bread," the third and final film of the St. Mary's College of Maryland environmental film series, at 8:15 p.m. Monday, April 19, in Cole Cinema at the college's Campus Center. The film looks at the world of industrial food production in Europe and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the film's web site .

The film studies high-tech farming and where food is produced in Europe, "a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest," its producers say. "What might look like something from the world of science fiction is reality." Widerhofer purposely did not use a voiceover commentary and explanatory interviews: "an interview," he said, "would be an attempt to re-individualize the industrial process, which removes all individuality."

The film series is sponsored by the Theater, Film, and Media Studies Department.

 St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college, offering "an Ivy-level College with a public-school price tag" (Newsweek).

Some 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities, and an SAT average for student admissions of 1848. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.