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Taste the Waste

Germany – 2011

Sustainable Foods Films Retrospective


  • Wednesday, September 14 - 9:00am
    Universidad APEC, Santo Domingo
  • Thursday, September 15 - 4:00pm
    Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), Santo Domingo
  • Friday, September 16 - 11:00am
    Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), Santo Domingo

A documentary about global food waste and what we can do about it. Why do we throw away so much? And how can we stop this kind of waste? Amazing but true: On the way from the farm to the dining-room table, more than half the food lands on the dump. Most of it before it ever reaches consumers. We seek explanations: from supermarket sales staff and managers, from bakers, wholesale market inspectors, welfare recipients, ministers, farmers and EU bureaucrats. It’s a system that we all take part in: when we waste half of our food that has a disastrous impact on the world climate.

Director: Valentin Thurn

Country: Germany

Year: 2011

Duration: 88 min

Language: German

Subtitles: Spanish


Taste_waste_Director_1Valentin Thurn

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Valentin Thurn is director and author of TV documentaries for national and international channels ; author of radio features and articles for magazines; author of books such as “Harte Kost” the book around his latest movie “10 Billion”; teacher at international congresses and workshops. He is also member of the founding board of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ) , of Reporters without borders, Netzwerk Recherche (investigative reporter’s network), AGDOK (German association of documentary filmmakers). In 2003 he founded the film production company THURN FILM, based in Cologne.

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