The ‘Cuban Food Stories’ documentary started out as a passion project for filmmaker and Cuban ex-pat Asori Soto but it is shaping out to be much more. As the 81-minute film premieres at the Berlin Film Festival this week, enroute to the Miami and Guadalajara film festivals, it is garnering a lot of buzz.
The film is basically a culinary road trip throughout Cuba and the many forms of cuisine that are not known by many not even by the flocking tourists. Viewers get to visit many parts of Cuba and the local cuisine that isn’t accessible to the masses, even accessible to many Cubans. The Havana-born filmmaker and co-founder of the Cuban Independent Film Movement, breaks up his 45-day road trip into several unique culinary experiences many of which do not appear on the menus of the well-known Havana palladares (home restaurants).
Mostly the film captures Cuban cuisine at a crossroad between the time when food was scarce to now when the world invades the island and influences its palette. Soto fears as Cuba opens its door to the U.S. and the world at large its culinary footprint will be lost.
The stunningly visual film started as a Kickstarter project seeking $40,000 to become a reality. Not only did the project secure the funding, it continues to get funding to expand its scope. So as the film becomes the darling of the Berlin Film Festival and gets ready to make its U.S. debut next month – it is likely to pick up a following.
There is clearly a hungry audience for Cuban food and culture with a yearning to learn more about the island long considered an evil empire existing 90 miles away from Florida.
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