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In the award-winning documentary Modified, filmmaker Aube Giroux and her mother embark on a personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not identified on food product labels in Canada, despite being on labels in 64 countries around the world.
Interweaving the personal and the political, Modified explores Giroux’s relationship with her mom, a gardener and food activist who battled cancer during the film’s production. Their mother-daughter quest for answers, fuelled by a shared love of food, reveals the extent to which the agribusiness industry controls our food policies, and makes a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system.
“The film became an homage to my mom’s spirit and a tribute to her beliefs that we all have a right to know how our food is produced and that sustainable agriculture is the backbone of healthy rural communities,” says Giroux.
Through the use of family home video archives, whimsical animations and mouth-watering vignettes from Giroux’s celebrated farm-to-table cooking show, Kitchen Vignettes, Modified is a visual celebration of food, farming, cooking and family legacy.
Praised by world-renowned chef Jacques Pépin as “a very personal, tender, touching tribute ... and a well-researched, well-written, enlightening and powerful documentary,” Modified has been an official selection at more than 60 international film festivals and has received 13 awards, including four audience favourite awards.