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VIFF: Cuban Food Stories

VIFF: Cuban Food Stories

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The Vancouver International Film Festival
The festival runs Sept 27th – Oct 12th, 2018
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Impact | Documentaries

Partially due to the thaw in political relations initiated by the Obama administration, Cuba is experiencing something of a food renaissance these days. That’s good news for locals, foodie tourists and viewers of this delightful movie, in which US-based director Asori Soto revisits his homeland and explores the culinary culture he recalls from his youth. He ventures well off the beaten path to take in the various regional cuisines on the island, and he demonstrates how, first due to Communist diktat and then due to shortages caused by the collapse of the USSR, the rich and varied culinary heritage of his nation came under dire threat. Along the way, Soto makes some fascinating—and delicious—discoveries, while also shining a light on his country’s history and cultural traditions.

“Made with an archivist’s heart and a gourmand’s soul, [this] mouth-watering, personal documentary… smartly probes the relationship between culinary traditions and cultural heritage… Eye-opening in every way, especially for those who may think that Cuban food is just rice and beans, the film makes extensive use of Soto’s engaging voiceover narration. He provides fascinating historical and sociological context throughout… Soto, a founder of the Cuban Independent Film Movement, imbues his partially crowd-funded film with a handcrafted charm that perfectly suits the stories and foods he focuses on.”—Alissa Simon, Variety

Preceded By: The Harvesters

Director: Derek Howard / Canada/Kenya, 2018, 6 min.
Three Maasai men harvest honey in Kenya’s Mau Forest in this carefully composed portrait of often-invisible labour.

Canadian premiere
Director Asori Soto
Country of Origin: Cuba/USA
Year: 2018
Running Time: 82 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Spanish with English subtitles
Related Links: Website & TrailerTrailer
Executive Producer: Joey Carey, Malena Svarch, Stefan Nowicki, Luis Lago
Producer: Asori Soto
Editor: Kristan Sprague
Music: Kyle Newmaster
Production Company: Easy Mondays
Distributor: First Run Features

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