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MILK IN THE LAND: Ballad of an American Drink
"Impressionistic and artistic" -Chicago Tribune
"Deserves points for avoiding the more common documentary trap of obvious preaching" -TimeOut Chicago
Recommended! "Animation, terrific cinematography and original music enhance the message of the implications of industrialization in our lives" -NewCity Chicago
Recommended! "Eye-opening but maintains an ethereal tone" -Chicago Reader
Milk has long been considered a staple of the American diet, the perfect food, a pure gift of nature. This quirky and entertaining documentary examines the relationship between the popular drink and culture, revealing how milk became America's staple beverage as well as a powerful symbol of American patriotism and progress. Milk in the Land traces the history of the national consumption of milk, from the mid-19th century swill cow stables - an urban byproduct of distilleries, when Americans drank more beer than milk - to today's industrialized production of homogenized and pasteurized milk, which produces vast surpluses of dairy products stored in underground government depots.
Directed by Ariana Gerstein and Monteith McCollum, USA, 2008, DVD, 75 mins