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Our Daily Bread 

Fine dining has evolved into a form of theater, while dining with family or friends or during the holidays has always had ritualized dimensions. In Our Daily Bread, Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter finds a strange counterpoint to both senses of unique and precious experience in his video homage to mechanized food production, from eerily pretty shots of bi-wing crop dusting planes swooping over fields of sunflowers to the silver gleam of food processing plants. All without narration or any sort of factual presentation, his camera pans over the nuts and bolts of what industrialized food production actually looks like. It reaches the absurdity of watching thousands of fluffy yellow chicks being whisked along conveyor belts and harmlessly blown through tubes like rubber balls into various holding pens. A woman walks through a warehouse-like corridor hundreds of yards long and filled with tens of thousands of clucking chickens before we see her sitting at a lunchroom table pulling a neat, square sandwich out of a plastic bag, a surreal journey from the raw frenetic indifferent energy of livestock to the processed and practical shapes of food maximized for convenience. Some slaughterhouse scenes are equally absurd, though less pleasant, in showing how insulated we are from the processes that must take place on grand scales in order to deliver the compartmentalized products most people shop for and cook. The award winning film finds a sense of wonder and detachment in observing how people treat these raw materials. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students/seniors, $5 members. — Will Coviello

7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., Jan 12-14; through Jan. 18

Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 525-2767:

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