An Omnivorous Family’s Dilemma (Jap-sik-ga-jo-gui-dil-le-ma)

When a Korean mother becomes vegetarian she goes on a journey of discovery: revealing the impacts of intensive pig farming and the personal implications of our food choices.

Directors

Hwang Yun

Country

Republic of Korea

Year

2014

Running Time

105 mins 

SFGFF Film Program:

SF Green Film Festival Screening: June 2, 2015

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An Omnivorous Family’s Dilemma takes place against the backdrop of a nationwide slaughter of livestock in Korea to tackle foot-and-mouth disease.

Filmmaker Yun witnesses hundreds of pigs buried alive in a neighborhood farm and begins a journey to learn more about pigs, animal welfare and becoming vegetarian.

As she develops a bond with the lovely pigs and acknowledges another side of the farm and meat industry, it becomes more difficult for her to enjoy pork cutlets.

This is not a simple decision in Korea, her husband and young son, Do-young, do not make her choice of daily menus easier.

This is a film of discovery: revealing the impacts of intensive pig farming and the personal implications of our food choices.

DISCUSSION WITH: Hwang Yun, director (via Skype); Katie Cantrell, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (in person).