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‘Ulam: Main Dish’ Is the First Filipino Food Documentary To Be Distributed Worldwide

ULAM: Main Dish – Official Trailer #2 (HD) from Alexandra Cuerdo on Vimeo.

It’s pretty safe to say that over the past couple of years, Filipino cuisine and culture have continued to sizzle slowly into the hearts of America’s dinner table.  Highlighting this cultural shift is Ulam: Main Dish, a documentary that shows the true “underdog of Asian cuisines’” rise to center stage — and is the first Filipino food documentary to be distributed worldwide through Hulu

Aside from the love that late greats Jonathan Gold and Anthony Bourdain have heralded in regards to Filipino food, the rest of the world was slow to take notice. Regardless, its voice grew louder, its proponents adjusted to the contemporary dining climate, and its ascent rose high enough to the point that it could no longer be denied.  

Ulam: Main Dish is a documentary by filmmaker Alexandra Cuerdo staging how the cuisine moved beyond being known for lumpia and ube to become a phenomenon, all through the efforts of a handful of celebrated Filipino-American chefs and restaurateurs like Alvin Cailan (Eggslut, The Usual), Chase & Chad Valencia (LASA), Johneric & Christina Concordia (The Park’s Finest), and Nicole Ponseca (Maharlika, Jeepney) to name a few.

The film is a compelling confrontation of the issues that come inherent with representing an authentic Filipino culture and cuisine within an American community — but ultimately, is a celebration of the representation and validation that the Filipino people and advocates of the cuisine have longed for. 

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Narrating This Must-Watch Film On GMOs And Fake News

If there’s one voice out there that’s as iconic as Morgan Freeman’s, it belongs to scientific genius and TV personality Neil deGrasse Tyson. Thanks to the Institute for Food Technologists (IFT), we’re getting another chance to hear Tyson as the narrator of a documentary on some of the biggest issues concerning the food industry.

The new film, called Food Evolution, is premiering in New York this week and will be spreading across the country through various screening events. The documentary centralizes on the debate of GMOs and food security and “demonstrates the desperate need for common sense, solid information, and calm logical deliberation,” as IFT puts it. Neither for nor against GMOs, Food Evolution instead aims to begin “a rational discussion around sound science” and highlight the “consequences” of forgoing scientific evidence and data for emotions and ideology to make decisions, especially with our food supply.

Neil deGrasse Tyson has made it clear in interviews that he didn’t choose to narrate and work on the script to convince people one way or another on GMOs. Rather, he wants to bring attention to the now commonplace issue of “fake news” in the world of science.

“Bad information got swept into a culture where people’s feelings overrode any hope of access to accurate, emerging scientific truths.”

To help ensure that the image of this film isn’t distorted to be for or against either side, IFT brought in Scott Hamilton Kennedy, a filmmaker with no ties to the food industry, no scientific background, and a neutral stance on GMO foods. Kennedy chose GMOs as the core issue of his film to serve as a proxy for the larger debate over the widespread public misunderstanding of science. An while IFT funded his work, the message and conclusions of the film were entirely those of Kennedy’s and the other filmmakers on his team.

So while the film will be a great information resource for those desiring to learn the truth about GMO and genetically engineered foods, Kennedy, Tyson, and IFT want viewers to walk away with a newfound understanding and trust of scientific communities. In doing so, you would help prevent what Tyson calls “the beginning of the end of an informed democracy.”

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This Upcoming Documentary Wants to Save Our World’s Food Supply

Let’s face it, America, we all know that there are problems and issues when it comes to the production of our food — whether its antibiotics, additives, sanitary conditions, quality of life, pesticides, or any of the other issues that are of concern when it comes to our food, be it produce or livestock.

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If we continue to grow crops, raise livestock, and eat the way we do, we’re likely to use up the global food and fertile soil supplies by 2050. That means that within the next 35 years, we will lose the ability to adequately feed the entire planet.

One documentary wants to inspire us and our farmers to change the way we eat, grow, and produce our food.

This new documentary, called Sustainable, aims to alter our agricultural practices before irreversible damage is done. It calls for changes in how we use our soil and plant our crops, how we can conserve necessary water to grow enough food to feed everyone, and addresses other major topics like climate change and pesticide use.

Sustainable accomplishes this by telling the story of Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer who has pioneered Chicago’s sustainable food movement after “big ag” (Monsanto) ruined his land and the community around him through industrial farming practices. By switching to sustainable farming practices, he was able to revitalize his farm and restore his family’s legacy for his son to continue.

Of course, the issues of farming extend well beyond those of a single farm. Across the world, we are firsthand seeing what our food desires are doing to our climate and soil. Land consistently used to grow cash crops like corn, soy, and wheat are becoming nutrient-starved. Cattle are forced into poor living and sanitary conditions that lead to higher incidences of E.coli and other food-borne pathogen outbreaks. Fresh water for livestock, crops, and humans is seriously depleted every year to raise water-heavy crops and livestock at industrial scales.

It’s great to see an organized movement begin, because to ensure a secure future of food, it’s going to take a massive global effort, and one that Sustainable aims to inspire and launch through their film.

The film will officially be released to the public on VHX February 1st, and later available for purchase on Amazon Video mid-month. iTunes will also start carrying the film in April or May. Screenings of the film are also being organized across the country for a viewing and open discussion of the film.

Hopefully, this documentary is able to accomplish its goal and renew a movement to shape the way our food is grown. The future of our food supply — and the world — depends on their ability to do so.