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Directed by Robert Frank

United States 1969 37 mins.

Whole Earth Catalog editor Stewart Brand and his friend Hugh Romney (Wavy Gravy) asked Robert Frank to document “The Hunger Show,” a week-long fast staged by the Portola Institute in California. This was a “happening” designed to make the problem of world hunger and malnutrition a personal matter for participants and observers. The film records the event, which took place October 11–18, 1969, in a parking lot in Hayward, CA.

Genres: Documentary



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