Can hummus help bring about peace? The message of mutual understanding through culinary communion is at the heart of Breaking Bread, which follows a unique food festival in Haifa, Israel. Pairing Palestinian chefs with Israeli chefs in the hope of breaking down political and religious boundaries, the A-Sham Arabic Food Festival is the brainchild of Muslim Arabic chef Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel. An illuminating insight into the region’s diverse culinary culture, this mouth-watering documentary offers a balanced and insightful perspective.
Why You Should See This Film
While the idea of reaching peace through food may seem idealistic, the chefs and food lovers (both Palestinian and Israeli) interviewed in Breaking Bread are also realistic about the complex road to resolution in the region. It’s not suggested that food can bridge all divides, but it can be a critical first step. Featuring dishes like kishek (a Syrian yoghurt soup), octopus maqluba (an upside-down rice dish) and qatayef (a sweet dumpling traditionally served during Ramadan), Beth Elise Hawk’s documentary is a fascinating culinary melting pot.
- Year: 2020
- Rating: M
- Director: Beth Elise Hawk
- Duration: 85 minutes
- Language: English, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles