There is a lot of conversation around nutrition and how the food choices we make affect us. We're increasingly making choices around this new found food awareness, yet little or no conversation is around the hands that pick that food. 

Last year, a powerful documentary ''Food Chains'', produced by Smriti Keshari and Eva Longoria, questioned and explored what it's like to be at the bottom of the supply chain.

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Blasting News had the opportunity speak to Smriti Keshari in this two-part interview the fair food movement and the power of people coming together.

How did the Food Chains project start?

Smriti: There was really not a lot of dialogue about the farm workers who pick our food, and that's really what we wanted to explore. We started by going all around the country, speaking with anyone who was willing to speak with us.

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We didn't find much around this topic except the work of Eric Schlosser and Barry Estabrook who wrote the book ''Tomatoland''.

We spoke to everyone from the government to organizations to farm workers and farm labor contractors and when it came to the solution, a lot of it pointed us to the group of tomato pickers from Florida known as Coalition of Immokalee Workers. They had this groundbreaking approach which targeted buyers of food to get a fair treatment down the entire supply chain.

They understood the power of the consumers and the power of these retailers that are buying the food and that's really when we knew we found a narrative for the film.

Do you think documentaries are now becoming a form of investigative journalism?

Smriti: I think that the incredible power that documentaries have is that they allow you to witness the reality of what's going on. Because of our changing model of how we're obtaining pieces of media and entertainment, it feels like there has been more of a focus on documentaries now.

With with Food Chains, we found ourselves at this interesting position that was all about the solution.



We wanted to show that this is a story of triumph and hope. People always gravitate towards the shock and a numbers behind abuses, inconsistencies and injustices. It's not always 'sexy' to talk about the solution. Food Chains is so relevant now, more than ever, where there's been so much public interest in social injustice.

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These are the people at the lowest ends of society, without the legal means or the power because of different systems put in place and for them to show ''I am here and here's my voice and this is what I demand'' especially against corporations, is so powerful.

How was the movie received overall?

Smriti: The response has been truly tremendous. We had an amazing theatrical release. Now in the U.S.

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we're on iTunes, Netflix and Amazon and we're really looking to expand with the fall release in the UK.

I think really good documentaries have this power, like Food Inc and Food Chains, of being relevant again and again for years to come.

Tune in for the second part of the interview with Smriti Keshari.  

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