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Of food and human beings

This story is not only about foodsaving but also about people saving other people from hunger. For some of them it becomes their life style. The efforts of the film heroes can only save some moderate amount of food, while the bulk of eatable food is still dumped. But they are ready to go on and expand their activity because of a deep human desire to help those in need.

  • Tamara Kubaeva
  • Tamara Kubaeva
  • Tamara Kubaeva
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    О еде и людях
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  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - High School of Directors and Screenwriters in Saint Petersburg
  • CrimeaDoc Open Documentary Film Festival 2021
    Russian Federation
    September 17, 2021
    Best Debut
  • Beat Film Festival 2021
    Russian Federation
    June 10, 2021
    National Contest short list
  • Northern Character: Green Screen International Festival 2021
    Russian Federation
    September 24, 2021
    Documentary Film Competition Selection
  • Ljusglimt - hållbar filmfestival i norr 2021
    November 26, 2021
    Special screening
  • Vstrecha 2021
    Russian Federation
    February 19, 2021
    Out-of-competition screening
  • Nevskiy Blagovest 2020
    Saint Petersburg
    Russian Federation
    December 7, 2020
Director Biography - Tamara Kubaeva

Tamara Kubaeva was born in 1977 in Frunze, the capital of former Kirgiz Soviet Republic (now Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). From childhood, she was interested in cinema, loved music and art and was engaged in creativity in various forms. In 2008-2009 studied at the Academy of Classical Photography in Moscow, and since 2009 began to work as a photographer. She carried out several creative charity projects, organized exhibitions of her works in Bishkek in 2011, 2013 and 2014. In 2018 entered the Higher School of Directors and Scriptwriters in St. Petersburg and completed her studies in 2020.

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Director Statement

This film is about people saving food, and, therefore, saving people. According to statistics in Russia, about 17 million tons of products go to landfills every year. This amount of food that would be enough to feed 30 million people a year - more than Russians living below the poverty line. But instead, 94% of unclaimed products end up in landfills, where they pollute the soil, water and air, releasing toxins and greenhouse gas. Foodsharing and foodsaving can partially solve the problem of irrational use of products, but in Russia these movements are just beginning to develop.

I am concerned about the problem of irrational use of resources, and the fact that nowdays many people starve, because they cannot afford themselves regular meals. It's not just about the homeless people. These may be people who work and have place to live, but do not have enough money to buy food. People who find themselves in difficult living conditions, who are ashamed to apply for social assistance. For the heroes of the film, it doesn’t matter how a person got into such a situation. They don't ask questions or comment on anyone. They simply cook and distribute food using products that could end up in a landfill simply because they have lost their marketable condition. The main idea is - if a person came for food, then he needs it. And this attitude is very appealing and inspiring to me.