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A Supporting Role

Runtime: 34m 38s | Release date: 2014

Three young filmmakers. Three countries. One Inspiring story. In collaboration with the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), each young and talented director was selected to document Vitamin Angels' story.

Caleb, Joel, and Alex visit the organization’s operations around the world to understand the problem of undernutrition and how the group is addressing this issue.

Who are the Vitamin Angels?

For over 20 years, "Vitamin Angels" has been helping at-risk populations in need—specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five—gain access to lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals.

Featuring:
Caleb Slain
Alex Bohs
Joel McCarthy

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Marielle | 1 year, 3 months ago
what a wonderful endavour ... goosebumps and inspiration ... thank you so much ... there's so much good to bring to the world! <3
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Ivory David | FMTV | 1 year, 3 months ago
We appreciate your lovely feedback on the film Marielle, thank you :) ~ Ivory
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Renae Redgen | FMTV | FMTV Customer Support | 1 year, 4 months ago
I love this!
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 1 year, 4 months ago
That is great to know, Renae! ♥ ~ Iris
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John | 2 years, 4 months ago
I loved this. Educating people about diet may be the next step but giving them vitamins is a great starting place.
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Leeanne Hibbert | 2 years, 6 months ago
Interesting documentary! I understand that they want the communities to survive and thrive, but wouldn't it be better to educate them regarding their nutritional needs through their native foods rather than relying on supplements that one day might not be there!!
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esther | 2 years, 6 months ago
hmmmm......this documentary worries me.....are we getting communities 'hooked' on an 'industry' now for 'free' and later???? what???? I wonder what the real reasons are behind malnutrition? Political? WTO's and cultural impact, lost land and forests through 'development', weather? Can these be addressed instead, eg. real food as medicine....not more 'industry' dependent solutions? My common sense tells me that that should be the ultimate goal. Vitamins certainly are better than pharmaceuticals, but should they not just be emergency interventions, instead of long term solutions to treat symptoms. Certainly Vitamins are making a difference, and I recommend this project in emergency situations, I recommend the 'spirit of it, yet I worry about the pollution of all these plastic containers too into pristine and still remote communities, I am concerned about the dependence that is once again created on Western industries, dependence on money exchange ultimately as 'easy' habits become engrained, a 'pill' for every 'ill', but this ultimately will have a $ cost..... the move to cities for 'paid' work to afford it all... and ....and ... and.... we know what slums and the poverty merry go round look like there. Surely bringing in or revitalising traditional and diverse food practices is the key to bring health back into these cultures. I am reminded of how we have made quinoa unaffordable for example for communities where it is traditionally grown and had been a protein rich staple for centuries, with vibrant healthy communities as a result. Now these communities are farming it for us, wealthy western consumers, quinoa having become the latest health 'food' fad in the West, while these traditional communities are now nutritionally starving, the young eating and addicted to our depleted and sugar laden cereals instead, all these farming families can afford to buy now, locked into WTO agreements and world bank debt cycles. I am also reminded how 'colonisers' introduced white flour, sugar and tea for 'free', into Aboriginal cultures, telling them they were 'clean' (white) and therefore 'healthy'. Now these have become 'staples' in once healthy cultures with an increase in blindness, diabetes and kidney and skin disease....while hunting, food gathering, and traditional preparation wisdoms are almost lost. Yes, vitamins are certainly useful in emergency situations, as documented in these 3 cultures...and yes not comparable to 'white' flour, sugar and tea....there is no denying that. However long term effects of this on the environment with pollution of plastics and the long term integrity of these cultures need to be seriously considered. It is also startling how in food distribution centres in the US handouts consist of all packaged and processed foods. It's a worry.
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Sallie Simons | 2 years, 6 months ago
Wonderful film.....you had me crying all the way. I am definitely going to research the website to get involved in some way. Thank you.
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Marnie None | 2 years, 7 months ago
Wonderful work is being done by this organization and they seem to have an excellent charity rating (https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=10717). I tried to share on Facebook and it comes up with "page not found" vs. a link to the trailer or film?
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 2 years, 6 months ago
Hi Marnie, We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Kindly try using Google Chrome as your browser as this often solves the issue. Please head here for more troubleshooting tips: https://vimeo.com/help/faq/watching-videos/playback-issues. If you're still having trouble, you may email us at info@fmtv.com or head to the live chat icon at the bottom of this page and we would be more than happy to further assist you :) ~ Jasmin.
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