Not strictly a silent, this one, but we can’t help but feel it would be of interest to readers of this blog. On 19 December, one-man band Pevin Kinel will be performing a live score to the factory farming documentary Our Daily Bread at the Roundhouse in Camden.
The feature-length documentary, which is sure to be thought-provoking, but might require a strong stomach, forgoes interviews and narration to show, rather than tell, the audience the unpalatable facts of industrial food production. The film-makers say:
To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, the film looks without commenting into the places where food is produced in Europe: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds – a cool, industrial environment which leaves little space for individualism. People, animals, crops and machines play a supporting role in the logistics of this system which provides our society’s standard of living.
Our Daily Bread has won numerous awards at film festivals since 2005, and was released theatrically in Britain in 2008. Just don’t blame us if it puts you off your Christmas dinner…