BUGS the Film

BUGS the Film

Will eating insects save our Earth?

Insects as food is a hot topic. Particularly over the last few years, since the UN recommended edible insects as a resource to combat world hunger, they have been heralded for their taste by cooks and gastronomes, for their low ecological impact by environmentalists, and for their nutritional content by public health scientists. It would seem that insects are the new superfood that will fix all our problems of global food security.

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BUGS is one of most compelling documentaries about food in the past few years."
John Wedemeyer, Mxdwn ★★★★ 

BUGS_Poster_Smallscale.jpgFor the past three years, a team from Copenhagen-based Nordic Food Lab, made up of chefs and researchers Josh Evans, Ben Reade and Roberto Flore, has been travelling the world to learn what some of the two billion people who already eat insects have to say. In BUGS, film director Andreas Johnsen follows them as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond. During their journey they encounter everything from revered termite queens and desert-delicacy honey ants to venemous giant hornets and long-horned grasshoppers trapped using powerful floodlights, which sometimes cause their operators blindness.

This aspect of BUGS – its willingness to push at questions that often lie beneath the surface of entomophagy-based discourse – really appealed to me."
Barbara J. King, NPR

Throughout the team’s experiences and conversations in the field, at the lab, at farm visits and international conferences, some hard questions start to emerge. If industrially produced insects become the norm, will they be as delicious and as beneficial as the ones in diverse, resilient ecosystems and cuisines around the world? And who will actually benefit as insects are scaled up?

Invigorating film"
The Hollywood Reporter

Are insects a mirror that reflects our broken food systems, or the silver bullet that will fix them?

BUGS emerging from the cocoon as video-on-demand

We know we've been a bit quiet as of late… Our bugs have hibernated nicely over the winter, so with the first signs of spring they’re flying again!

Emerging from its cocoon, BUGSfeed is back, and this time with direct access to the documentary film BUGS which is now available online.

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“Appealing and appalling” – enthusiastic reviews of the documentary BUGS in Denmark

“Appealing and appalling” – enthusiastic reviews of the documentary BUGS in Denmark

The DOXBiO launch of BUGS in Denmark saw the film screening in more than 50 cinemas all over the country. A film with such exposure has lured critics to the keyboard, and we’ve also gotten a word or two from experts from the fields of slow food, insects as feed, insects as food, and food experts in a more general sense.

Here's a selection what they all had to say, translated from our original post in Danish. Once you've made your way through this page, we're sure you'll want to sign up so you won't miss this film when it comes to your country or city down the line.

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Insects as food (and feed) have come to stay

Insects as food (and feed) have come to stay

We asked Lars Lau Heckmann of the Danish Technological Institute to give us his thoughts on BUGS from his perspective as researcher of insects as food and feed. Below is what he had to say.

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BUGS at the San Sebastian Film Festival

BUGS at the San Sebastian International Film Festival

Today the San Sebastian International Film Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world, announced the film selection for its Culinary Zinema section – including the Spanish premiere of BUGS.

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BUGS in Denmark: nationwide in 50 cinemas with DOXBIO

BUGS in Denmark: nationwide in 50 cinemas with DOXBIO

This September we will collaborate with DOXBIO in order to make BUGS widely available to the Danish people – in cinemas all over the country. Every year, distribution initiative DOXBIO showcases six documentary films in collaboration with a nationwide network of cinemas. It’s DOXBIO’s mission to bring documentaries to big screens all over the country – not just the big cities.

This means BUGS will be playing at more than 50 cinemas on 7 September. Some of them will continue screening the film for another two weeks. On the night of the launch, a selection of cinemas will be hosting Q&As and tastings of insect-based food and drink such as ant smoothies, insect popcorn, and chili mealworms.

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BUGS wins Cinemambiente award

BUGS wins Cinemambiente award

At Cinemambiente in Turin, one of the longest-running environmental film festivals, BUGS by Andreas Johnsen received an award in the international documentary competition.

The 'Food Smart Cities' award is presented by the Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) programme of the European commission.

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"A gastro-orgasmic pleasure" – BUGS reviews from the Netherlands

BUGS is launching in the Netherlands and some nice reviews have accompanied the first screenings. We hope they'll lure you to a nearby cinema.

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UK premiere of BUGS at Edinburgh International Film Festival

The programme for the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival has been revealed today – and features a film you may have heard of already...

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BUGS goes Dutch – on screens big and small

BUGS goes Dutch – on screens big and small

BUGS the film hits the big screens in the Netherlands – but you don't even need to leave your couch to see it, thanks to a new initiative called Filmthuis

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Secure your tickets for BUGS at Tribeca

Secure your tickets for BUGS at Tribeca

There's only a limited amount of tickets left for the world premiere of BUGS at the Tribeca Film Festival on 16 April.

You can book your tickets for all screenings here.

Are you nowhere near New York City? Simply sign up here, and we'll notify you when the film is released where you are.

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More on BUGS the film

BUGS emerging from the cocoon as video-on-demand

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More on BUGS the film

“Appealing and appalling” – enthusiastic reviews of the documentary BUGS in Denmark

The DOXBiO launch of BUGS in Denmark saw the film screening in more than 50 cinemas all over the country. A film with such exposure has lured critics to the keyboard, and we’ve also gotten a word or two from experts from the fields of slow food, insects as feed, insects as food, and food experts in a more general sense. More →

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Uganda: No stings attached – the most delicious honey

“Like squeezing honey out of mud! Like magic mud!” The African Stingless Bee in a clip from BUGS the film, currently in cinemas in Denmark and other Nordic countries. More →