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is no stranger to the The Nova Sco­tia film­maker’s farm-to-ta­ble vlog turned PBS se­ries Kitchen Vi­gnettes earned her a nom­i­na­tion from the es­teemed James Beard Foun­da­tion’s “Os­cars of food” back in 2014 and 2015.

But last week at the JBF’s me­dia awards, her deeply per­sonal full-length doc Mod­i­fied took home a top prize in the Best Doc­u­men­tary Film cat­e­gory for its ex­plo­ration of both ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied or­gan­isms and her food-fu­elled re­la­tion­ship with her late mother. The pres­ti­gious award is cho­sen by a hand-picked com­mit­tee of over 60 jour­nal­ists, ed­i­tors, pro­duc­ers and other in­dus­try pros. Oddly enough, top model her­self Tyra Banks was this year’s host.

The film—which de­buted in 2017 at Hal­i­fax’s FIN—is the cul­mi­na­tion of a decade of work from Giroux, who weaves to­gether a baf­fling in­ves­ti­ga­tion of food trans­parency and GMO la­belling with years of ten­der home video and au­dio cap­tur­ing con­ver­sa­tions with her mother about grow­ing and re­spect­ing food.

Beau­ti­fully shot and full of heart, Mod­i­fied has made a ma­jor im­pact on view­ers since its re­lease, screen­ing at 60-plus fes­ti­vals around the world, and col­lect­ing awards along the way. But this one, like the film, is something spe­cial.

James Beard Awards.

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