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Our Daily Bread (2005 film)

Our Daily Bread
Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Produced by Nikolaus Geyrhalter,
Markus Glaser,
Michael Kitzberger,
Wolfgang Widerhofer
Written by Wolfgang Widerhofer,
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Cinematography Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Edited by Wolfgang Widerhofer
Distributed by First Run Icarus Films (USA)
Release dates
  • November 28, 2005 (2005-11-28) (Amsterdam International
    Documentary Film Festival)
  • April 21, 2006 (2006-04-21) (Austria)
  • January 18, 2007 (2007-01-18) (Germany)
Running time 92 minutes
Language Polish, German, None

Our Daily Bread (German: Unser täglich Brot) is a 2005 documentary film directed, co-produced, and with cinematography by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The script was co-written by Wolfgang Widerhofer and Nikolaus Geyrhalter.

The film depicts how modern food production companies employ technology to maximize efficiency, consumer safety and profit. It consists mainly of actual working situations without voice-over narration or interviews as the director tries to let viewers form their own opinion on the subject.[1] The names of the companies where the footage was filmed are purposely not shown. The director's goal is to provide a realistic view on the internal workings of multiple food production companies in our modern society.[2]

Foods transformations

Different processes in agriculture and food processing plants are shown in the film. Since scenes are mixed, food transformations are listed below with no particular order.

  • Semen to pigs
  • Pigs to meat
  • Semen to cows
  • Cows to meat
  • Cows to milk
  • Eggs to chickens
  • Chickens to eggs
  • Chickens to meat
  • Fish
  • Crops and field harvests (misc)
  • Tomatoes in rock wool
  • Salads night harvest
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Apples
  • Olives harvest
  • Salt from mines

Places and companies

The names of the companies where the footage was filmed are provided on the official site in the booklet pdf. They are listed below for convenience and to help further investigation:

  • Danish Crown (pork, beef) company site Europe
  • Tasty Tom (tomatoes) company site places Netherlands (sample Sat view)
  • Geflügelhof Latschenberger GmbH (eggs) Biberbach, Austria
  • Pro Ovo (eggs) company site Biberbach, Austria
  • Radatz Fleischwaren (pork) company site Vienna, Austria
  • Marché Couvert de Ciney (beef), Ciney, Belgium
  • Abattoir et Marché de Bastogne (meat), company siteBastogne,Belgium
  • Belgian Blue Group s.c.r.l (bulls) company site, Belgium
  • Zaklady Drobiarskie ‘Kozieglowy’ Sp.zo.o (chickens), company site Kozieglowy, Poland
  • Nutreco, Skretting, Marine Harvest, Norway, Marine Harvest processing plant Ryfisk at Hjelmeland (fish) company site Hjelmeland, Norway
  • Vitana (pre-cooked foods), company site, Czech Republic
  • Solofino (sprinkles) company site, Austria
  • esco European salt company GmbH & Co. KG (rock salt) company site, Germany
  • Agrargenossenschaft Cobbelsdorf eG (cereals), Cobbelsdorf Germany
  • Kalbescher Werder Agrar GmbH (milk), Brunau Germany
  • Quality Sprout Kerkdriel (sprouts), Kerkdriel Netherlands
  • Löhle Thomas Obstbau (fruits), Uhldingen-Mühlhofen, Germany
  • Salemfrucht GmbH (apples), Germany
  • Árpád - Agrár Rt. (misc) company site Hungary
  • Chiquita Deutschland (bananas) company site, Germany
  • Sucatrans BVBA (transport of art), Belgium
  • The Greenery (vegetables/fruits), company site, Netherlands
  • Jamnica d.d., (mineral water) company site, Sveta Jana (???), Croatia
  • Ferme la Béole (farm hostel) Belgium
  • SAD s.r.o.(equipment?) Brezno, Slovakia


Award wins:

  • Grand Prix, Festival International du Film d'Environnement, Paris, 2006
  • EcoCamera Award, Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, 2006
  • Best Film, Ecocinema International Film Festival Athens 2006
  • Honourable Mention, Special Jury Prize - International Feature - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Toronto 2006
  • Special John Templeton Prize - Visions du Réel documentary film festival, Nyon, Switzerland 2006:
  • Special Jury Award - International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2005


  • Nomination, European Film Award, Prix Arte, 2006

See also


  1. ^ Interview with Nikolaus Geyrhalter, director
  2. ^ Burner, Silvia. "Nikolaus Geyrhalter in an interview with Silvia Burner", Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, 2005

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