The Big Apple: it’s a major center for art, culture, finance, fashion and food. And it has eight million people clamoring for three square meals a day. How does one of the world’s most populous centers, a city of concrete, glass and steel, feed itself? This film shows the complex choreography of distribution that keeps New Yorkers fed. It’s a dance of supply and demand that happens in cities all over the world, every day. Most people are dependent upon what happens in the middle of the night at, say, the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center and/or the New Fulton Fish Market, where decisions about produce, seafood and other perishable food items are made for the upcoming day. Some people are on the move, such as artisan farmers bringing their foods to market, or cargo ships bringing in imported foods such as bananas. Many others, such as restaurateurs, are buying food for the entire day’s needs. Throughout the city, the dance continues. The film reveals a complex, hidden world that few know about, but everyone relies on. Directed by Ryszard Hunka.
Introduced by Jennifer Mandeville, Sustainability Coordinator, Maret School.