Cuban Food Stories
A Cuban-American filmmaker returns to his native country on an exotic culinary road trip to discover the authentic flavors suffusing the island, and the rich cultural traditions behind them, from the bustle of high end dining in Havana to the distinctive cuisines of remote regions, some of which are in danger of becoming a lost art.
"He provides fascinating historical and sociological context throughout, and contrasts Cuba's current culinary achievements with the hardships that the island suffered after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when shortages led many Cubans to lose their passion for cooking." Alissa Simon - Variety
"The food we cook not only makes us human, but is a primal element in understanding who we are as a culture." So narrates director Asori Soto, whose family left Cuba for New York when he was only five yeas old. Now he returns to his homeland, hoping to connect to his roots and embarking on a quest "to discover what Cubans of all classes do to overcome hardship and keep their culinary heritage alive." Not simply a culinary road trip, Cuban Food Stories captures the political upheaval of a complicated country and how revolution affects food, from fluctuating resources to industrial influence to the rise of international tourism. But oh, what a culinary road trip it is: a fisherman who "learned to swim before I could talk" speaks fondly of his daily routine of capturing swordfish and preparing ceviche for his crew; a middle-aged couple, deeply in love, will serve an incredible lunch to anybody who stops by their humble farm in the Escambray Mountains; a man famous for his smoked meats sells his wares at the Las Parrandas de Remedios, one of the island's most popular festivals. As the Latino proverb goes, "Love enters through the kitchen," and this film is Soto's plea to preserve the flavors, literally and figuratively, that makes Cuba worth fighting for.
Asori Soto is a Producer/Director that began his career in Cuba. There, he produced/directed independent films that granted him his first awards. Asori later moved to Los Angeles where he produced a wide range of commercial campaigns. Asori is currently focused on creating long-form projects. Upcoming releases include Cuban Food Stories, a feature-length doc. He lives and works in New York.
Sponsored by Seattle Met, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
- Director: Asori Soto
- Principal Cast: Asori Soto, Ernesto Perez Medina, Migdalia Armas Rieche, Gilberto de Armas Rieche, Lazaro Yohan Machin
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: Cuba, USA
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 83 minutes
- Producer: Asori Soto
- Screenplay: Asori Soto
- Cinematographers: Gilliam de la Torre
- Editors: Kristan Sprague
- Music: Kyle Newmaster
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Vedado (2008)
- Language: English, Spanish
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Submarine Entertainment