For the fourth season, New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) presents the Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories Screening Series — a free screening series of work by women filmmakers focusing on the immigrant experience throughout the five boroughs of New York City. This series showcases a themed exhibition of short and feature-length films. Filmmakers are available for a Q&A and refreshments are available after each screening.
PROGRAM: Recipes from Home
Cunda’s Pasteles: Stories From The Melting Pot
Anelisa Garfunkel (Director)
A short documentary about making pasteles, a traditional Puerto Rican dish, and how a Newyorican mother and daughter stay connected to their island.
Anelisa Garfunkel is a filmmaker and author based in New York City. Her career as a storyteller began over fifteen years ago producing educational films on the tiny island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. Since then she has continued to produce, write, and direct stories that cross cultures and oceans and explore matters of identity, family, and feminism. Her work has been included in festivals, screenings, and exhibitions in the US and abroad. Her documentaries about disability, One Hundred Steps, and We Will Ride are often used to teach disability rights in university classrooms and advocacy organizations. Her stories are born from a life spent exploring, climbing, diving, and adventuring around the world.
Grandma Lumen’s Filipino Purple Yam Pudding (picture above)
Caroline Shin (Director)
Ube halaya (sometimes spelled “halayang”) is a Filipino dessert made from boiled and mashed purple yam. And it is one of Grandma Lumen’s absolute favorite Filipino foods. So even after she left the Philippines to become a public school teacher in the Bronx, she never forgot her uncle’s ube halaya recipe in the 40+ years she’s lived in New York.
Grandma Louisa’s Caribbean Hot Sauce
Caroline Shin (Director)
Grandma Louisa’s hot sauce is pure fire. And I like to say, if you need protective gear to cook, then count me in. This Trinidadian pepper sauce contains 135 Scotch bonnets, 4 types of peppers, exotic fruits like pickled mangos and gooseberries and some other weird little ingredients that I never saw coming. And to bring this special hot sauce from the Caribbean over to Brooklyn, New York, Grandma Louisa had to undergo a lot of hardships dealing with domestic violence and immigration.
Caroline Shin is a food and culture journalist, telling stories via video, photo, and text. She was a video producer at New York Magazine before officially launching her baby, Cooking with Granny (CWG), in 2015, and has since developed fun food pop-ups with immigrant grannies who, as in the web series, tell rich, cultural stories as they cook their favorite family recipes. CWG has been featured on NBC, Food & Wine, the Apollo Theater, among others. For Shin, CWG is about immigrant representation in food media both in front of and behind the camera, celebration of women’s contributions to food, and the understanding that from hamburgers to Korean barbecue, immigrants have made America delicious. This proud Queens girl holds an M.S. from Columbia Journalism School and a B.A. from Brown University. As a volunteer and member of the Young Professionals Board of Womankind, she helps immigrant women get out of and recover from violence.
Queens Migrant Kitchens, Stories from the Margins
Sarah K. Khan (Director)
The film tells the story of migrants, old and new, who make our food as part of the Queens Migrant Kitchen Series. In 2015, the series was launched to make migrants visible, bear witness, and relay their stories via food in the nine short films. Each piece was used to share stories about marginalized and maligned people and/or forgotten histories such as Latino street vendors, Pakistani and Nigerian caterers, and under-represented Uzbek Jewish kosher food purveyors.
Sarah K. Khan writes about and creates multimedia content about food, culture, women, and migrants grounded in social justice. Her research has taken her to live with Bedouins in Israel and Palestine, document the plight of Indian women farmers, traverse the world of Queens NY, and film women cooks about their foods and ways in Fez, Morocco. In Migrants Kitchens, Stories from the Margins, Khan employs, film, photography, graphics, and maps to make invisible migrants visible, bear witness, and relay their stories via food of migrants in Queens NY. A two-time Fulbright Scholar (2001-02 & 2014-15), Khan has degrees in Middle Eastern history (BA), public health and nutrition (MPH, MS), and plant sciences (PhD). Her work explores, celebrates, and circulates creative food cultures at the intersection of globalization, climate change, environmental degradation, gender disparity, race and caste discrimination, in addition to the loss of crop, biological, cultural, culinary and linguistic diversities.
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Venue: Neir’s Tavern, 87-48 78th St, Woodhaven, NY 11421
From Manhattan: Take the M or F then transfer to the J to 75 St. - Elderts Lane Station
From Brooklyn: Take the C then take the J to 75 St. - Elderts Lane Station
A Special Thanks to City Council Member Robert Holden
for support of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative.