Ingredients Documentary Review Essays

Essay on Documentary: Hungry For Change

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Hungry for Change is a thought provoking documentary produced by James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch that delves into the implications of eating a modern diet. Using pathos, facts and figures, and association, Hungry for Change delivers a meritorious performance that engages viewers and leaves them questioning their own diet and lifestyle choices. The film’s use of rhetorical and advertising strategies and its ability to captivate viewers make this an effective, life changing documentary. As obesity and medical problems due to diet become a larger issue within society, it is imperative to educate humans on the importance of maintaining a healthy diet. This is exactly what Hungry for Change does. One of the key points made in the…show more content…

As of 2012, “One third of all women and one quarter of all men in the US are on a diet.” (Colorado University, as cited in Colquhoun et al., 2012), according to Colorado University. However, according to the University of California, Los Angeles, “Up to two thirds of those on a diet regain more weight than when they started.” (University of California, Los Angeles, as cited in Colquhoun et al., 2012). This shows a low success rate in a growing industry and proves that diets don’t work, a key point in Hungry for Change. “Fit for Life” author, Harvey Diamond, states “Diets don’t work because they are temporary. What they are doing is taking one of the food categories you need to live like protein, fat, carbohydrates and one of those is eliminated and if you do that some weight will be lost temporarily.” (Diamond, as cited in Colquhoun et al., 2012). So, in order for a “diet” to be successful, it must be a permanent lifestyle transformation, not a temporary diet change. Also, though many people believe diet foods to be healthier, this is absolutely not the case. A key ingredient in many diet products is aspartame, a risky sugar substitute. Aspartame is common in artificial sweeteners and diet drinks, yet it has been linked to a plethora of medical problems, including cancer, formaldehyde build up in the brain, epilepsy, and even

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Starting in 2017, Latin American Research Review will commission critical review essays covering between three and five documentary films related to Latin America. Like traditional book reviews published in LARR, and unlike individual film reviews, the essays will seek to address the state of the field or the broader theme connecting the documentary films, and not solely the works at issue. Review essays may be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Essays covering three or four films will be about 4,500 words in length, with 500 extra words for each additional work.

Potential Reviewers and Essay Proposals

We invite proposals for documentary film review essays. Proposals should be brief. Please identify the documentary films you wish to review, why you would make a good reviewer, and a summary of your credentials. Those interested in being considered as reviewers should send a one-page letter and/or CV as an e-mail attachment to Professor Claudia Ferman (, documentary film review editor.

Call to Directors, Producers, and Distributors

We invite documentary film directors, producers, and distributors to submit documentary films for our review essay section. LARR accepts films in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Films in other languages will be considered if they have subtitles in any of the three languages covered by LARR. Documentary films received will be considered for inclusion in a review essay, with the final selection determined by the interests of reviewers and the relevance of each title to the cluster for which it is considered. Filmmakers may send review copies to:

Dr. Claudia Ferman,
Documentary Film Review Editor, Latin American Research Review
Latin American & Film Studies

University of Richmond

28 Westhampton Way

CWIC 334

Richmond VA 23173 – USA


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