2. This quote comes from an interview Luc Moullet gave to his friend and fellow filmmaker and critic Gérard Courant for Cinéma 80. Asked about the reception of Origins of a Meal in France upon its release, Moullet admits that overall, the film was positively received except for a few voices in the Communist Party and the Extreme-Right.
3. Mathilde Blottière, “Luc Moullet : ‘J’aime la manière dont mon frère, assez primitif de nature, découpe son steak’,” Télérama, January 12, 2010. Available at
4. Gérard Courant, “Entretien avec Luc Moullet,” Cinéma 80, 255, March 1980, available at
5. The term altermondialisme entered common parlance in France in the early years of the past decade, and has since been widely used in France to refer to the grassroots movements that have virulently rejected what they see as neoliberal hegemony. As a result, their prime targets have been financial institutions, U.S. imperialist policies, multinational corporations, and international institutions of governance (the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO as well as intergovernmental summits like the G8 and the G20). Their motto, “another world is possible,” epitomizes their conception of a world where local concerns have a global impact, and vice versa. Unlike early rejections of globalization, altermondialisme accepts the global interconnectedness of human societies; what is fought is the economic and financial globalization of markets and trades to the expense of human, environmental and social justice.
6. This is a transcription of Luc Moullet’s comments over a long sequence of footage filmed along the many segments of the line of production that often originates abroad and ends with the daily consumption by Western consumers of such common food items as bananas, eggs and tuna.
7. Mathilde Blottière, “Entretien avec Luc Moullet,” Télérama, (13 janvier 2010), available at
René Dumont was one of the fathers of contemporary ecology: focusing as early as the 1950s on the long-term damages of productivism on world food resources, energy policies, he was among the first people to promote “sustainable development” in opposition to the Green Revolution. This term was used to describe the modernization and mechanization of agriculture in the first half of the 20th century. In 1992, Bernard Baissat directed the film René Dumont, citoyen de la planète / René Dumont, a citizen of the Earth for French television. More recently, French Canadian filmmaker Richard D. Lavoie released, with the support of the National Film Board, a 25 mn-long video portrait of the agricultural scientist and activist René Dumont, l’homme-siècle/René Dumont: Global Ecologist (2001).
8. The recent labor struggles in Martinique and Guadeloupe in 2009-2010 illustrate perfectly how social unrest remains tied to the financial and business monopoly of families who came from metropolitan France and settled over time.
10. Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, (Durham: Duke University Press, 1991), 54.
11. Ibid., 54.
12. Michael Chanan, “Going South: On Documentary as a Form of Cognitive Geography,” Cinema Journal, 50, 1, (2010), 148-153.
13. Sally Shafto, “Luc Moullet, a Bootleg Filmmaker at the Centre Pompidou,” Senses of Cinema, 57, (2009) available at
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