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Brighter Green and Humane Society International Publish COP 20 Policy Recommendations 12/4/14

Brighter Green and Humane Society International published a policy recommendation document on animal agriculture and climate change for the COP 20 meeting in Lima, Peru. You can access the document here.

Brighter Green Releases Summary on Forthcoming Nature's Rights Paper 10/14/14

Brighter Green released a summary of a forthcoming nature's rights paper entitled Nature's Rights: Rivers, Trees, Whales, and Apes.

Jim Harkness Positively Reviews "What's For Dinner?" 10/6/14

Jim Harkness Senior Advisor on China at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy positively reviews "What's For Dinner?" and interviews Executive Director Mia MacDonald.

Brighter Green Associate Interviewed by "Eating Animals" Director, Christopher Quinn 9/29/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou was interviewed by Eating Animals director Christopher Quinn. BG also provided Mr. Quinn Chinese contacts, including What's For Dinner? director Jian Yi, for the film.

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou interviewed by Our Hen House 7/23/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou was interviewed by Our Hen House on Brighter Green's What's For Dinner? and China screening tour in June and July 2014.

Brighter Green and Partner Global Forest Coalition Published in "Square Brackets" 7/1/14

Brighter Green and partner Global Forest Coalition published their article "Implementing Aichi Target 3 in the livestock sector" in "Square Brackets: CBD Newsletter for Civil Society".

Brighter Green Releases June 2014 Newsletter 6/27/14

Brighter Green releases its June 2014 newsletter highlighting achievements and events in the first part of 2014. You can view the newsletter here.

Brighter Green Launches "What's For Dinner?" China Screening Tour 6/15/14

Brighter Green launches the China tour of the short documentary film "What's For Dinner?". The film is screened in multiple cities through July 2014 and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, and Zhejiang province. To learn more please click here.

Brighter Green Presents at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption 6/11/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou presented her paper, "The Triangle: Factory Farming in the U.S., China and Brazil" in Shanghai, China at the Global Research Forum on Production and Consumption.

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WHAT'S FOR DINNER? Documentary

To visit the film's official web site, click here.

WHAT'S FOR DINNER? is distributed by Icarus Films in North America. For information on prices and screenings please contact them here. For purchases or screenings outside of North America please email us at wfd[at]brightergreen[dot]org.


Trailer music "UISTS" courtesy of XPURM.

To see the trailer on Vimeo, click here.

Brighter Green is trying to answer a big question: can people in the developing world eat as much meat and dairy as people in the industrialized countries without destroying the planet? And do they really want to? WHAT'S FOR DINNER? explores these issues through the medium of film.

To complement the film, Brighter Green has created a supplemental viewing guide to facilitate screenings of the film, including pre- and post-viewing questions, background information, and resources for further research. Please refer to this guide for information about acquiring a copy of the film or hosting a screening. Because of the short length of the film (running time of twenty-nine minutes), it can easily be paired with other documentaries in a class or series.

WHAT'S FOR DINNER? follows the rapid rise of animal product consumption in China, where consumption of pork—the country's most popular meat—has doubled over the past ten years. Since China recently opened its doors to foreign agribusiness, both Western and home-grown fast food chains are now commonplace in urban areas, and contribute to a $28 billion-a-year business in the country.

None of this would be possible without the rapid adoption of a U.S.-style system of intensive production. But strains are showing: manure and other run-off from so-called "factory farms” that can house thousands of pigs, chickens, or ducks are fouling groundwater and rivers. Only two generations after a national famine killed millions, nearly a quarter of Chinese adults are overweight or obese, as are as many as one in five children. Diet-related chronic diseases now kill more people in China than any other cause.

WHAT'S FOR DINNER? sheds new light on the climate, public health, food security, workers' rights, and ethical concerns of China taking this path.

Interested in organizing a community or university screening, or home viewing? Please visit wfdinner.com for details.

CHARACTER BIOS


Here are stills and short bios of each of the characters featured in the film:
What's For Dinner Character Bios 1


Zhou Shuzhen is a retired pig farmer who worked at Ten Thousand Pig Farm in Jiangxi province

Xiao Muxiu is a pig farmer at Ten Thousand Pig Farm, whose small-scale business is threatened by the fluctuating price of pork.

Wu Xiaohong works in Beijing on animal welfare issues.

Yi Shengming is a pig farmer in Yi village, near Ji'an City in Jianxi province.

Wang Ronghua is a young livestock entrepreneur invested in pig and poultry farms, and is building a new pig facility in his hometown, which he hopes to expand.

What's For Dinner Character Bios 2


Yu Li is the owner of Vegan Hut, a health-conscious vegan restaurant in Beijing, which he opened after learning about the significant role of livestock in global warming in the 2006 UN report, Livestock's Long Shadow.

Xie Zheng is a pop star and activist who founded the vegetarian advocacy group, “Don't Eat Friends".

Dr. Tian Yongsheng is a government official and long-time vegetarian who worries about the ecological impacts of feeding a growing livestock population.

Wen Bo is one of China's leading environmentalists, working for National Geographic's Global Exploration Fund for China.

Xie Hongying owns Donald Macky restaurant, a home-grown Chinese fast food outlet in Ji'an City.

CREW & DIRECTOR PROFILE


WHAT'S FOR DINNER? is directed by award-winning filmmaker Jian Yi who led an all-Chinese crew that included assistant director Eva Song, producer Douglas Xiao, and cinematographer Pan Kewu.

Jian Yi is an independent filmmaker and cultural activist working on topics related to religion, education, environmental conservation, globalization, history, and other cultural issues. He founded ARTiSIMPLE Studio in 2005 and launched IFChina Original Studio, through which he works on collecting social memories with long-time collaborator Douglas Xiao. Jian taught at Communications University of China for five years and was a Yale World Fellow, an Open Society Institute Fellow, an Asian Cultural Council grantee, and an India-China Fellow.

Interview with Jian Yi about the making of the film:



Brighter Green collaborated on WHAT'S FOR DINNER? with Karin Chien of dGenerate Films, and Susannah Ludwig of Snapdragon Films.

PREVIOUS SCREENINGS


Versions of the film have screened at:

BLOGS & MAKING OF THE FILM


Follow the production process through our blogs. Learn about who and what Jian Yi and his crew filmed, and see what went into the making of WHAT'S FOR DINNER?

Director Jian Yi Screens Clips of "What's For Dinner?" at the Apple Store, Beijing. February 17th, 2010

Copenhagen Screening: SRO. December 18th, 2009

Along The Pearl River: Manufacturing, A Multi-Course Meal, and a Meta Narrative. September 4th, 2009

Guangdong: Pigs, Pollution, and Politics. September 3rd, 2009

Down on the Ten Thousand Pig Farm. August 21st, 2009

Two Lunches. August 19th, 2009

Mr. Wang Builds His Pig Farm. August 13th, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Yu's Famous Vegan Diner. August 10th, 2009

From Rockstars to Analysts, Chinese Talk About Vegetarianism, Animal Rights, Climate Change. August 7th, 2009

"What's For Dinner?": Filming Begins. July 30th, 2009

REVIEWS OF THE FILM


Our Hen House podcast Episode 180: “You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”

OTHER LINKS AND RESOURCES


Click here for the film's IMDB page.

View trailers for Jian Yi's documentary and feature films on ARTiSIMPLE's YouTube channel.

Click here for Jian Yi's Director's Statement for the film.

Jian Yi was invited to speak at the Apple Store in Sanlitun, Beijing as part of a series featuring Chinese directors. See clips of his interview, including scenes from WHAT'S FOR DINNER?, here.