Michelin Stars: Tales From The Kitchen
All chefs dream of a Michelin star, and those who have one (or more), work tirelessly to keep this distinction. Michelin Stars goes behind the scenes to reveal how the stars are awarded, meet the chefs who work tirelessly to maintain their status, and the impact of the little red book on the world of haute cuisine. The film is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on creativity, business, and the art of perfection, chronicling the inner-workings of the culinary world through the eyes of the chefs, the critics and their customers.
Directed by Rasmus Dineson, 82 minutes
elBulli restaurant revolutionized the world of gastronomy, making chef Ferran Adrià the king of haute cuisine and the name Adrià synonymous with creativity. elBulli was born from the minds of two brothers who gave birth to this new gastronomic universe but the younger brother, Albert, remained an unrecognized creative genius. Constructing Albert captures his attempt to escape the shadows and to establish one of the best restaurants in the world and gain recognition as a great chef; will he succeed?
Directed by Laura Collado and Jim Loomis, 87 minutes
One Mind is a rare cinematic portrait of life inside one of China’s most austere and revered Zen communities. The monks at Zhenru Chan Monastery continue to uphold a strict monastic code established over 1400 years ago by the founding patriarchs of Zen in China. In harmony with the land that sustains them, the monks operate an organic farm, grow tea, and harvest bamboo to fuel their kitchen fires. At the heart of this community, a group of cloistered meditators sit in silence for 8 hours every day. Suggesting a Zen version of the critically acclaimed film Into Great Silence, One Mind offers an intimate glimpse into a thriving Buddhist monastery in modern China.
Director Edward A. Burger (Amongst White Clouds) has lived and studied with Buddhist communities throughout China for over 15 years, and is the first Western filmmaker to be granted such unprecedented access to the daily rituals and traditions practiced in this remote mountain monastery.
Directed by Edward Berger, 81 minutes, in Mandarin with English subtitles
Beyond Bernie: A Campaign of Their Own
Out of the still-heated debate about the 2016 presidential election upset emerges Beyond Bernie: A Campaign of Their Own, a unique sidewalk-level history of the Sanders campaign that exposes Democratic Party fault lines many Americans still fail to see. Follow the experiences of passionate and concerned campaign activist Jonathan Katz, and experience crushing frustrations that include New York state’s voter suppression laws, the DNC’s convention-delegate rules designed to squelch minority opinions, and the release by Wikileaks of credibility damaging DNC emails. From a vantage point never witnessed by mainstream media, Beyond Bernie belies the mythology of the Democratic party’s reconciliation with disaffected working people and reveals a yawning policy gap likely to divide Democratic voters in elections to come.
Directed by Lionel Rupp, 74 minutes
Train Of Salt And Sugar
Set in northern Mozambique in the 1980s, a train under military guard must transport its passengers and goods 500 miles through guerrilla-held territory during the Mozambican civil war. As rivalries form between the soldiers and friendships between the passengers, violence looms both on board and from the rapacious rebels. With the threat of battle pending, romance blossoms against the stunning backdrop of the African countryside.
The story of five orphan baby monkeys and the struggle to save their home. The film documents the monkeys’ arrival as helpless infants at the Vervet Monkey Foundation, following their growth into intelligent, playful juveniles until they are adopted by foster mother monkeys and integrated into one of the foundation’s existing troops.
In English and Afrikaaner with English subtitles. Directed by Kyle Salazar. Run time 79 minutes.
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