A series of three virtual film screenings and discussions that explores cross-cultural food and cooking .
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.
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. Audience members will be provided with several of Kennedy’s recipes that they can make and enjoy during the discussion.
The second film is the North American premiere of the Polish film THE TASTE OF PHO, A story about love, misunderstanding and food directed by Mariko Bobrik, a Japanese native living in Poland. It will be available for streaming from August 3-10, with a virtual discussion on August 10, moderated by Boston Globe film columnist Loren King. the film follows a Warsaw-based, widowed Vietnamese cook (Vietnamese people make up one of the country’s biggest ethnic minorities) who struggles to fit into the European culture, which his ten-year-old 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 Summer Film Feast has been changed to the documentary A TASTE OF SKY. It will be available for streaming from August 17-24, with the virtual discussion with the film’s director Michael Lei, moderated by WBUR Arts Reporter Erin Trahan, taking place on August 24 at 7:30 PM. The film details the creation of Gustu, a fine-dining restaurant and cooking school for Bolivia’s impoverished youth, founded by Noma Restaurant co-founder and Danish culinary entrepreneur Claus Meyer, which kick started a gastronomic revolution in the country's capital of La Paz. Under Meyer, these young aspiring chefs work toward a better future as they attempt to establish their country as the world's next great culinary destination, similar to what Noma did for Scandinavia. An inspiring story of resilience and mentorship and a celebration of the art of gastronomy.
Links for all three films ($4.99/film) can be found 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 at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A44ADAC2EAB9-belmont (the Zoom link will be provided one hour prior to the discussion).
Films stream for $4.99 each (calculated in euros as 4.45). The Taste of Pho streams from August 3-10, and A Taste of Sky streams from August 17-24. Both can be accessed at https://tv.festhome.com/festivaltv/belmont-world-film/0/372
Additional time info:
These dates are for the free virtual discussions. A Zoom link will be sent approximately one hour prior to the discussion.The Taste of Pho streams from August 3-10.A Taste of Sky streams from August 17-24.