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Food: Secret of the Peace

Food: Secret of the Peace

| 11 min

Made at the end of WWII, this short film shows scenes of food queues, hunger riots and famine in liberated Europe, pointing out the political danger that lies in starvation conditions. Causes of food shortages and measures taken by the Allies to solve these problems are described.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

  • director
    Stuart Legg
  • producer
    Stuart Legg
  • script
    Stuart Legg
  • editing
    Stuart Legg


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Ages 13 to 17

Geography - Territory: Agricultural
Geography - Territory: Regional
History - World War II
Media Education - Advertising
Media Education - Documentary Film

Discuss the effects of the wartime destruction of farmlands and transportation links that caused massive food shortages and starvation following the war in Europe. Have students comment on the sources of aid that were available to alleviate the shortages in Europe’s large cities and rural areas.

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