http://www.belmontworldfilm.org Online event
$"Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy" & "The Taste of Pho" are $4.99 to stream; "Theater of Life" is included on Netflix. The virtual discussions are free.
Art, Festivals & Fairs, Film, Food, Virtual & Streaming
Belmont World Film presents “Summer Film Feast,” a series of three virtual film screenings and discussions from July 27-August 24, that explores cross-cultural food and cooking. The discussions take place every other Monday at 7:30 PM on July 27, August 10, and August 24, with the first two films available for streaming for a fee on streaming platforms, and the last one available on Netflix.
The first film in the series, Elizabeth Carroll’s documentary "Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy" is available for streaming until Monday, July 27, with the discussion on July 27, led by Julie King, a native of Mexico City, and her daughter Bessie, who together own Villa Mexico Café in Boston, winner of multiple accolades for its authentic Mexican food. Featuring extensive interviews with Diana Kennedy and famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, and Alice Waters, the film profiles the British-born chef, who is the leading expert on Mexican food, having authored nine acclaimed cookbooks on the subject. Known for her youthful spirit and energy, the 96 year-old “Julia Child of Mexico” lives on her own, completely off-the-grid in a solar-powered house that she designed in the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico. Villa Mexico Café has created a special dinner that can be pre-ordered by phone (617-957-0725) by July 24, and picked up on July 27, prior to the discussion for $25/person. It includes enchiladas verdes (green chicken enchiladas) with rice, beans, chips, and Villa Mexico's house salsa, and for dessert, vanilla flan. Several of Kennedy’s recipes are also available for downloading on the web site.
The second film is the North American premiere of the Polish film "The Taste of Pho," available for streaming from August 3-10, with a discussion on Monday, August 10, moderated by Boston Globe and WBUR film reporter Loren King. A story about love, misunderstanding and food directed by Mariko Bobrik, a Japanese native living in Poland, the film concerns a Vietnamese-born cook living in Warsaw, who struggles to fit into the European culture that his ten-year-old bi-racial daughter has already embraced as her own. The film was originally scheduled to be the closing night film of Belmont World Film’s International Film Series this year.
The third and final film in the series, the documentary "A Taste of Sky," is available for streaming from August 17-24, with the virtual discussion with director Michael Lei on August 24th moderated by WBUR Arts Reporter Erin Trahan. The film chronicles the creation of Gustu, a fine-dining restaurant and cooking school for Bolivia’s impoverished youth, founded by Noma co-founder and Danish culinary entrepreneur Claus Meyer, and which kickstarted a gastronomic revolution in the country's capital of La Paz. Under the tutelage of Meyer, these young Bolivians work toward a better future as they attempt to establish their country as the world's next great culinary destination. This sumptuous documentary is an inspiring story of resilience and mentorship, viewed through the powerful lens of food. More than just a delicious documentary, it is a celebration of the art of gastronomy.
Links to stream all three films are available to stream for $4.99 each on Belmont World Film’s web site at www.belmontworldfilm.org. Admission to all three Zoom discussions is free, but attendees must register in advance (the Zoom link will be provided one hour prior to the time of the discussion).