In the summer of 2012, a group of filmmakers, cooks, and anthropologists traveled to Bahía de Caráquez, a small coastal city in the province of Manabí, Ecuador. Gathering the perceptions and memories about eating, feeding, and healing from our grandmothers and other elderly men and women living in Bahía and its surroundings, we conducted oral histories, filmed cooking sessions with expert elder cooks, and explored the everyday local and traditional food life and culture in Bahía. Our goal was to recover and rediscover the healing power of ancestral foods and techniques, while providing a venue for empowerment and revaluing of mostly elderly low-income women who are bearers of these often locally devalued culinary and healing knowledges and expertise. The presentation will show the 15-minute short documentary followed by a brief commentary.
Hall: Capitol Ballroom South