Food Fight - a short film by Stefan Nadelman

Food Fight Trailer

Food Fight is an abridged history of American-centric war, from World War II to present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict. Watch as traditional comestibles slug it out for world domination in this chronologically re-enacted smorgasbord of aggression.

The Official Food Fight Character Cheat Sheet
a breakdown of the foodstuffs (*SPOILER*)


Thank you everyone for all the amazing feedback and postings about the film on the various forums of the interwebs. Great comments. Before and after the film was completed, the friends I screened it to fell into two camps: You Should Have Captions and You Shouldn't Have Captions. I felt that if I added captions it would be too easy. Besides, if the viewer read the synopsis beforehand, it would be more fun trying to figure it out while watching. However, there are also people who watch it without reading the synopsis...and they usually catch on to the analogy by 9/11...but even then, much of everything else tends to get lost. Regardless, I hope it entertains whether one's clued in or not, because some of the action and food representation can be pretty obscure even to the keenest of historians, foodies, and foodie-historians.

Before the film was penned, I was imagining a history of ALL conflict. I quickly realized that it would not only take forever to do that, but I had no idea what ancient Egyptians were eating. So I narrowed the scope to American-centric conflict...with a dash of Israeli interest in there, from WWII on. From a production standpoint, these parameters seemed feasable. I kept it as simple as possible and in doing so, as many of you have pointed out, there are countries that don't get a proper say...and to that, I apologize.

For those of you that have consulted the cheat sheet...I hope it served to clarify the characters a bit more. To those of you who want to know exactly what each battle on. WARNING: this is a SPOILER!

1. The World
2. WWII - Holocaust / French surrender / London Bombing / Pearl Harbor / Battle of Midway / D-day / fall of Berlin / Hiroshima
3. Arab-Israeli War
- Brits leave Israel
- Israel expands territory
4. Korean War
- China and Russia back the North
- The US back the South
5. Cuban Missile Crisis
6. Viet Nam
- China and Russia back the North
- The US back the South
7. Cold War
- Arms race
8. Intifada
9. Gulf War
- Iraq invades Kuwait
- Scuds
- Smart bomb
10. 9/11
11. Afghanistan
12. Gulf War II
- Shock and awe
13. Bug Food

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