THEATER

DOCUMENTARY

PARTNERS: JUNGES SCHAUSPIEL DUSSELDORF

Akin Emanuel Şipal (author),

Liesbeth Coltof (direction),

Matts Johan Leenders and Aylin Celik (music and spoken word)

Guus van Geffen (scenery),

Kirstin Hess (dramaturgie, project- and textdevelopment),

Stefan Fisher Fels (leitung)

NIBRAS NAAMI (pediatrician)

EREN ÖNZÖS (Documentary "silent hunger")

DANIEL RABOLDT (movie with children)

PAULUS GOERDEN scenic artist-

DÜSSELDORF (GERMANY)

WHAT DOES FOOD MEAN WHEN YOU GROW UP IN UNDERSERVED CIRCUMSTANCES?

Düsseldorf, one of the richest cities in Europe, has two faces. In the shadow of wealth, a growing number of children live in poverty. It is not uncommon for meals to be skipped or for portions to get smaller as the month progresses and money runs out. Families rely on food banks and on the bottom shelves in the supermarket where the cheap products are. Super processed foods full of bad carbs, salt, fat and sugar. Instead of expensive fruits and vegetables, families turn to cheap ready-made food. Products that lack all the necessary and appropriate nutrition. The number of children with obesity is growing, children have a devastating lack of iodine and vitamin D, both substances which are essential in brain and bone development. Children suffer from "silent hunger," the body craving proper nutrition.

Consequences: poor concentration, difficulty learning, lack of energy and curiosity, inactive or hyperactive. It prevents children to reach their full potential and we cannot allow it to continue.