Finding North was my favorite documentary of the festival for many reasons, primarily because it not only revealed an issue with society (as all documentaries at Sundance did) but it also offered a potential solution without being dogmatic about it. The issue raised was that of poverty and hunger in the USA. Initially I was skeptical, particularly since the US has the highest percentage per capita of obesity in the world, but that soon changed as the film presented research that linked obesity to poverty. The reasoning went something like this: If you have a very limited income you are going to try to buy the most food you can, and as processed foods are significantly cheaper than fresh ones, it logically follows that to buy enough to eat you will buy what is cheaper. In our context, that means low nutrition processed foods. These processed foods contain plenty of carbohydrates and saturated fat, but do not contain the nutrients needed for proper development and eventual health. The result is people who are overweight yet still hungry, as they are unable to attain the nutrients they need from the food they are eating. This issue hit home for me, as I grew up in one of “Food Desert” counties in the US. Having witnessed this phenomenon with my own eyes, I was able to readily identify with the film’s premise. In the other doc’s I saw I was able to approach the issues they raised from a fairly objective perspective, because they did not tell my story. But I was not able to do so with this one as it was my experience. I fully agree that the advent of processed and preserved foods has severely impacted the agricultural economy of the US by creating a high demand for certain foods such as grain and corn, at the expense of the other foods necessary for proper health, such as fresh vegetables and fruits. This impact has resulted in the ability of low-income families to attain plenty of food, yet not enough of the foods they need to be healthy. The proposed solution to this issue as presented by the film was better regulation of the USDA and a program that subsidizes fresh produce. My one objection to the film lay in this area, as I believe that regulations cannot effect a change on a personal level. And while the film did portray charitable organizations in a favorable light, it also made note of the same dilemma facing them as is facing the impoverished; the cost of nutritious food. A charitable organization or person needs to meet the needs of many hungry people, and so will seek the highest return on investment, the most food per dollar. This inevitably leads to a high volume of low nutrition, processed foods being distributed to the poor through the charities, thus perpetuating the cycle. I see a multi faceted solution that goes beyond the films call for governmental reform. While I agree whole-heartedly that this is needed, I also see a need for better education about healthy foods in conjunction with reform. And I see a need for the church at large to be active in this arena, as many are, but with concern for what they are giving to the hungry. There is plenty of food and money for everyone in the US, but the fundamental issue is personal selfishness and entitlement. Those of us who have enough feel like we have earned it, and feel no obligation to share our blessings with those who have not. This is in direct defiance of Jesus’ and the bible’s teachings regarding the self and others. We were bought at a price, redeemed and blessed by no work of our own, and called to use that blessing for the good of others (1 Cor. 6:20, Eph. 2:8-10, 2 Cor. 9-11, Mat. 5-7).