Theater of Life


Roxie Theater Sat, Apr 22, 2017 5:45 PM
Goldman Theater, David Brower Center Mon, Apr 24, 2017 7:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Peter Svatek
Year of Production:2016
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Topic:Food: What's on Your Plate?
Zero Waste
Changing Cities
In English and Italian with English subtitles
Running Time:93 min.


Renowned chef Massimo Bottura - patron of the world's best restaurant and featured on Netflix's Chef's Table - turns his hand to creating an extraordinary soup kitchen. Bringing together 60 of the world's best chefs, he caters for the refugees and the homeless of Milan. In Theater of Life the guests are as important as the famous chefs. Sharing the daily lives and struggles of the people eating there, we get an insight not only into the difficulties of accessing good food but their personal journeys and ambitions. There's an interesting twist, all the meals were made from waste food. World-class chefs including Mario Batali, Rene Redzepi and Alain Ducasse, craft gourmet meals from trash and prove that everyone deserves delicious and nutritious food. - Gemma Bradshaw

- Nancy Hahn, Operations Manager, Food Runners
- Becky Gershon, Senior Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, SF-Marin Food Bank
- Dr. Linda Shiue, Director of Culinary Medicine, Kaiser Permanente
- Randy Wittorp, Kaiser Permanente

- Anna Lappe, Founder, Real Food Media & Small Planet Institute
- Zoe Loftus-Farren, Contributing Editor, Earth Island Journal
- Ruben Canedo, Research & Mobilization Coordinator, UC Berkeley

Program Sponsors:

SF Community Partners: La Cocina; FoodRunners, SF-Marin Food Bank; Slow Food SF

Berkeley Community Partners: Berkeley Food Institute; Earth Island Journal; Earth Island Institute; Real Food Media, UC Berkeley Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC)

Included Shorts

Home Flavored (5min) More

Additional Information

Peter SvatekBorn in Prague, Peter Svatek moved to Montreal, Canada as a child and has been living there ever since. A writer and director of both feature films and documentaries, his films have won many international awards including LA's prestigious Epiphany Prize. Among his films is internationally-acclaimed Call of the Wild (1997) starring Rutger Hauer and Richard Dreyfuss; Everything She Ever Wanted, starring Gina Gershon; and the controversial documentary Stolen Babies, Stolen Lives about the stolen children of Argentina’s Dirty War. His documentary feature Takedown: The DNA of GSP was nominated for several 2015 Canadian Screen Awards.