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Wednesday, 07 June 2023, 03:20 (03:20 AM) CDT, day 158 of 2023
Wikipedia: Food | Food and drink | Food culture | Food history | Food Portal |
Wikipedia Categories: Food and Drink | History of Food and Drink | Historical Foods |
World Clock Cf., Food Production and Animal Slaughter

Food and Drug Administration Wire
BBC Food
The Gardian News / The Gardian Animals Farmed /
OWL logo, Online Writing Lab, Purdue University.  
Sicilian ice-cream in a bread bun. A good solution to a local problem: the Mediterranean heat quickly melts the ice-cream, which is absorbed by the bread.
"Palermo, Sicily
A Fistful of Rice.
A Fistfull of Rice
Claire Kathleen Roufs eating first food at 5 months.
Claire Kathleen Roufs
Eating rat.
"Eating Rat At
The New Year
National Geographic
Desert People, boy eating "grub worm"
Desert People

AF 2.0 Video Schedule

Anthropology of Food
Today is Wednesday, 07 June 2023, 03:20 (03:20 AM) CDT, day 158 of 2023
June  2023
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July  2023
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wk 4             1
wk 5 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
wk 6 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
wk 7 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
wk 8 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
links to current weeks
first/last days of classes
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AF Index of Major Items
AF 1.0 "Sunday Memos"   AF 2.0 Video Schedule
AF 3.0 Slides Schedule   AF 4.0 Text Assignments Schedule
Main Due Dates   Summer 2023 Calendar
For other full-length Feature Films see
  Food Films Filmography

See Food Films for other films qualifying for Extra Credit Reviews

  Extra Credit Film Reviews must be of films not required as part of the course

Looking for other videos for your term Project?
Use the UMD Library Guide to Streaming Videos
UMD Docuseek Complete Collection: Third Edition / Subjects List

Visual Anthropology

Video materials used in class illustrate many topics covered in this course. Consider these presentations similar to lab sessions, that is, watch them carefully and critically rather than simply watch another movie or video. The exams will include these materials, and it will be assumed that you have paid critical attention to them.

It is generally best to watch the videos after you have looked at the slides and reading material(s).

Dates and videos/films may change.


Some contracts and licenses restrict distribution to current University of MInnesota students, faculty, and staff.
Some video offerings are currently being re-negotiated with providers.

Some films require your Virtual Private Network (VPN) (UMD) to be turned on if you are accessing films from off-campus.

In addition, with some videos (and other copyright materials from the UMD Library and IT) you will need a e-mail address to access the content.

If you have transferred to Duluth from another UMN campus, you may request to update your e-mail domain to Duluth.
A-Z index

Week 1
5 - 10 June 2023
 That Sugar Film

 That Sugar Film
-- Wikipedia

(102 min, 2015)
(UMD exp renewal requested)

(UMD Library Link updated 2022.08.08
click  here
course viewing guide

That Sugar Film is also available on Amazon Prime
Week 2
11 - 17 June 2023
The Truth about Fat
NOVA, Season 47 Episode 6 (53:38 min. CC; 2020)

On-line Access
(UMD AVON link updated 2022.08.08)
click  here

Authentication notes: University of Minnesota Duluth access
If off campus,
use Virtual Private Network (VPN) (UMD)

BBC Worldwide Learning; BBC Scotland;
London, England: BBC Worldwide 2015
Better Brain Health:
We Are What We Eat

(42:25 min, CC, 2019)

click  here

Raphaël Hitier (Dir.)  -- Deutsche Welle (DW)
[German Public Broadcasting Service]

Better brain health | DW Documentary)
Top Documentary Films Description
Week 3
18 - 24 June 2023
Video: Did Cooking Make Us Human?  BBC Horizon program.
Did Cooking Make Us Human?
(52 min., 2010)
(UMD AVON link updated 2022.08.08)

On-line Access
click  here

(use with VPN if you need to)
course viewing guide
DVD QP141 .D49 2010
Desert People, boy eating "grub worm"
Eating a "grub worm"

Desert People, boy eating lizzard.
Eating a lizard
Desert People
(51 min., 1965)
(UMD exp perpetual)

"A Classic!"
On-line Access
(Full Text captioned)
click  here

Click on "On-line Access" tab and sign in with UMD Credentials
Use Virtual Private Network (VPN) if off campus (UMD)
See UM Video Playbacks for details

course viewing guide

DVD DU 125 .P48 D47 2011
video clips:

"Eating Rat at the New Year"
click  here

"Eating Rat at the New Year" alt link
-- National Geographic News
(ca. 3 min., 2008)
click  here

Eating Rat 2
click  here

video clip:

"Eating Bats" among the Karan
"Eating Bats in Thai  Village"
-- National Geographic News
(02:50, 2008,)
click  here

video clip:
"Eating Live Octopus"
click  here

video clip:

"Eating Insects"
click  here

"Extreme Cuisine"
at the class
  Entomophagy WebPage

(optional resource)
click  here
Week 4 
25 June - 1 July 2023
Pig Commandment pig.

Shaikh Hussain Ye of Malaysia.
Shaikh Hussain Ye
The Pig Commandments
(72 min., 2005)
(UMD exp perpetual)
(70 min?)

On-line Access
click  here

course viewing guide

NOTICE: The UMD disk for The Pig Commandments is damaged and does not circulate from the Library.

NOTE: This video should be compared with Food for Body and Spirit (after the Midterm)
and compare that with . . .
 The Global Banquet: Politics of Food.
Taste of China, Part 2, 
"Food for Body and Spirit"
(29 min., 1984)
(UMD exp 08/23/24)

On-line Access
click  here

[second copy with Closed Captioning available]

course viewing guide

DVD TX724.5.C5 F66 1984

NOTE: This video should be compared with Pig Commanments (after the Midterm)

su2023 Wks 4-5 Because of the Fourth of July Holiday, and some folks traveling the weekend before, the Anthropology of Food Midterm Exam will be available for an extended period, starting 12:01 a.m. Thursday, 29 June 2023 to 11:59 p.m. (10:00 p.m. starting time), Thursday, 6 July 2023

NOTE: There will be at least one question in the pool from each of the assigned videos from Weeks 1-4, so be sure not to miss watching them.

Video Listings: <>
Week 5 
2 - 8 July 2023
Tim Roufs at the White Palace Grill, Chicago. Soul Food Junkies
"A Film about Food, Family, and Tradition"
(ca. 60 min., CC, 2013)
(UMD exp 08/14/23)

On-line Access
click  here

UMD Library Link
course viewing guide

DVD TX715 .S68 2013
Two Fat Ladies.  
Two Fat Ladies
Series 4 Episode 23
(30 min., 2008)

YouTube linkOn-line
click  here

course viewing guide
not available for streaming from UMD

DVD TX717 .T86 2008
Slow Food placard,
  Santorini, Greece

Watch On-line: National Geographic
"Slow Food"
video clip (3:25 min.)

Week 6
9 - 15 July 2023
Food Design
 Food Design
(52 min., 2009)
(UMD exp 03/24/22)


On-line Access

New Link 04/03/2023.
click  here
On-line Access

click  here
Food Design takes a sneak peek into the secret laboratories of a major food manufacturer, where designers and scientists are developing your favorite mouthful of tomorrow.

Docuseek 3rd Ed.

(63 min., 2020)
(UMD exp 07/31/22 AVON)

In Inside the Factory:
  Series 5 Episode 8
(United Kingdom: BBC Worldwide, 2020-05-08)

On-line Access
click  here
(UMD AVON link updated 2022.08.08)

film HomePage
Inside the Factory -- Wikipedia

 Picture of harvesting peas, from "Soup"
Harvesting Peas for "Soup"
Week 7 
16 - 22 July 2023
Under Contract:
 Farmers and the Fine Print
(ca. 75 min., 2017)
(UMD exp perpetual)
[The American South and Southern India]

On-line Access
click  here
Under Contract WebSite
course viewing guide

Under Contract Viewers Guide. -- Siena Chrisman, RAFI-USA (PDF)

DVD HD9437.A2 U53 2017
Week 8 
23 - 28 July 2023


-- Top Documentary Films
(57:39 min., 2017, CC)

On-line Access
click  here

course viewing guide
 On the Future of Fod, HRH The Prince of Wales.
HRH King Charles III on the Future of Food
Keynote Speech to The Future of Food Conference
at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
4 May 2011

YouTube linkOn-line
(50 min., 2011 )
click  here


Small farms have a huge role to play in our sustainable future -- The Guardian (23 May 2021)


su2023 Wk 8 The Anthropology of Food Final Exam will be available from 12:01 a.m. Thursday, 27 July 2023, until 11:59 p.m., Friday, 28 July 2023
NOTE: There will be at least one question in the pool from each of the assigned videos from Weeks 5-8, so be sure not to miss watching them.

Video Listings: <>
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Food Film Guides and Information Sources:

Film and Food -- Food in the Arts, London Food Film Fiesta 2000

Food on Film -- Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture

Check with National Geographic, Discovery, Nova and History for future programs

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