Foodies with outré tastes, your day has come. “Bugs,” a new documentary by Andreas Johnsen about the rich world of edible insects, has unveiled its first trailer exclusively to Indiewire. The film bows at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 16.
The trailer begins, like those for many documentaries, with some troubling statistics: It’s estimated that our lonely planet will be home to more than 9 billion people by 2050, which the UN estimates will require a 70% increase in food production. Per the title, you can probably guess what “Bugs” points to as a potential solution to this imminent problem. Chef Ben Reade, food researcher Josh Evans and the many people they meet go on to question westerners conception of insects as disgusting, unappetizing and unfit for consumption. Their trip takes them all over, from Australia to Mexico to Uganda, as they sample grubs and crickets along the way.
Described as “equal parts culinary documentary, political conversation starter and travelogue,” the doc bills itself as a gastronomic adventure with Nordic Food Lab, which is at the forefront of the eating-bugs movement. There are other issues at work, of course: once the stigma starts to wear off, multinational corporations are expected to co-opt the movement for their own ends. Much like the evil Hopper from “A Bug’s Life,” they’re always trying to ruin it for the little guy.