In the award-winning documentary Modified (87 minutes | Canada | 2017), the filmmaker and her mother embark on a personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world.
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Shot over a span of ten years, the film explores the impacts of genetically engineering our food, exposing the cozy relationship between the agribusiness industry and our governments. The film is anchored in the intimate story of the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, an organic gardener, seed saver, and food activist who battled cancer while the film’s production was underway.
Interweaving the personal and the political, the film uses family video archives, animations, and mouth-watering vignettes from the filmmaker’s award-winning PBS cooking show to create a visual celebration of homegrown food and family legacy. The film debunks the myth that GMOs are needed to feed the world and makes a compelling plea for a more sustainable and transparent food system.
Winner of 11 festival awards:
• Audience Choice Award — Vermont International Film Festival 2018
• Best Environmental Film — Chagrin Documentary Film Festival 2018
• Dr. Lamoureux Award for Excellence — Rhode Island International Film Festival 2018
• Best Film (Newcomer) — Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival (Germany) 2018
• Best French Canadian Film Award — Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma 2018, Montreal
• Audience Choice Award — Festival international du cinéma des femmes Fort-Coulonge 2018
• Audience Choice Award — Lunenburg Doc Fest 2017
• Audience Choice Award — Festival international cinéma francophone Acadie (FICFA) 2017
• Best East Coast Filmmaker — Lunenburg Doc Fest 2017
• Léonard-Forest Award for best East Coast feature — FICFA 2017
• Honorable Mention, Best Feature — Devour the Food Film Fest 2017