Our Daily Bread (2005 film)

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Our Daily Bread
Directed byNikolaus Geyrhalter
Written byWolfgang Widerhofer
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Produced byNikolaus Geyrhalter
Markus Glaser
Michael Kitzberger
Wolfgang Widerhofer
CinematographyNikolaus Geyrhalter
Edited byWolfgang Widerhofer
Distributed byIcarus Films (USA)
Release dates
  • 28 November 2005 (2005-11-28) (Amsterdam International
    Documentary Film Festival)
  • 21 April 2006 (2006-04-21) (Austria)
  • 18 January 2007 (2007-01-18) (Germany)
Running time
92 minutes

Our Daily Bread (German: Unser täglich Brot) is a 2005 documentary film directed, co-produced, and with cinematography by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The script was co-written by Wolfgang Widerhofer and Nikolaus Geyrhalter.

The film depicts how modern food production companies employ technology to produce food on large scales. It consists mainly of actual working situations without voice-over narration or interviews as the director tries to let viewers form their own opinion on the subject.[1] The names of the companies where the footage was filmed are purposely not shown. The director's goal is to provide a realistic view on the internal workings of multiple food production companies in our modern society.[2]

Foods transformations[edit]

Different processes in agriculture and food processing plants are shown in the film. Since scenes are mixed, food transformations are listed below with no particular order.

  • Semen to pigs
  • Pigs to meat
  • Semen to cows
  • Cows to meat
  • Cows to milk
  • Eggs to chickens
  • Chickens to eggs
  • Chickens to meat
  • Fish
  • Crops and field harvests (misc)
  • Tomatoes in rock wool
  • Salads night harvest
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Apples
  • Olives harvest
  • Salt from mines

Places and companies[edit]

The names of the companies where the footage was filmed are provided on the official site in the booklet pdf. They are listed below for convenience and to help further investigation:


Our Daily Bread has a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the critical consensus stated as, "A matter-of-fact, nearly wordless documentary, Our Daily Bread's spare presentation of slaughterhouses and human consumption serves up food for thought."[3] It also has an 86/100 on Metacritic,[4] and received two votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound polls of the world's greatest films.[5]


Award wins:

  • Grand Prix, Festival International du Film d'Environnement, Paris, 2006
  • EcoCamera Award, Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, 2006
  • Best Film, Ecocinema International Film Festival Athens 2006
  • Honourable Mention, Special Jury Prize - International Feature - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Toronto 2006
  • Special John Templeton Prize - Visions du Réel documentary film festival, Nyon, Switzerland 2006:
  • Special Jury Award - International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2005


  • Nomination, European Film Award, Prix Arte, 2006

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Interview with Nikolaus Geyrhalter, director
  2. ^ Burner, Silvia. "Nikolaus Geyrhalter in an interview with Silvia Burner", Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, 2005
  3. ^ "UNSER TÄGLICH BROT (OUR DAILY BREAD) (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Our Daily Bread Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Votes for Our Daily Bread (2005)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 1 April 2017.

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