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Cuban Food Stories
Other Titles
Kubanskie historie
Running Time
1 hours 22 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Asori Soto
Country
Cuba, USA
Year
2018
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «Cuban Food Stories» (23)

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Doris S.

I agree with the majority of reviewers here. What some of the reviewers are saying is absolutely true, and we should all do what we can to not let the current Obama Administration prevent us from seeing the truth.

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Patrick Warren

The fact that the Government lied to the world for years about why they were keeping Cuba's people in the dark about what was happening in the country, is well known. But that didn't stop the people from finding out the truth. This film is about one man, Orlando Bolanos, who went on to be a US citizen after the "solution" was decided. He's been working to show the people the truth about what was happening in Cuba, and also show the people why they shouldn't trust the US Government. His stories are all about how the people felt. I'm sorry I can't help you with this information, but you need to get educated on the facts. They were lying to us. They made it seem like they were doing a lot, but in reality, they were only sending money to their families back in Cuba, and they were still there, and that's it. Nothing was ever handed over to the people. I'm not saying you should vote for Hillary Clinton, because this is just another example of the lie that's been going on to this day. But it is so important that we learn from history, and when we do, we learn from our own mistakes. This film is definitely worth watching, if you have the time.

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Wayne

This film is a wonderful opportunity to have someone in your life who is going through similar struggles. You get to watch their struggles, their love, and their struggle to come out. You can relate to their struggles and what they're going through. So many times these things that are going on are not explained to the viewer, and this film tries to do a good job of giving you a basic outline of the situation. And it goes into some of the details that people need to know to understand, but I feel it can give you the basic. The voice-over is really great. It really helps you understand a lot of what is going on. It also helps you understand the struggles a lot better. There is a lot of humor throughout. I loved the music. It was just amazing. The comments, humor, and transitions were just amazing. I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

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Harold Gardner

This was really good documentary that showed us a part of the world we never get to know. The film did a great job at showing us the variety of Cubans and their style of cooking. The recipes they showed were delicious and they spoke about their way of life and their culture. Overall, it was a great documentary that kept you engaged and interested in the stories and personalities in Cuba. The plot of the film was a bit interesting and the filming style was a bit choppy, but the editing and cinematography were great. The acting was good and the dialog was crisp. The cinematography was great and the music was appropriate. It was nice to hear Cuban music and I was happy to hear a bit of the music in the original version of the film. Overall, the film was good and I recommend it.

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Philip Little

These are all good life changing films that do touch the heart of people. The film I liked the most was The Hotel: 1920, it gave a new perspective on an older theme. I recommend The Fadeout to people who are very concerned about their loved ones. It is about someone you never knew or thought much about, it is a film that will really stick with you. If you don't like to think about death, this film can help. If you are a college student or what have you and your partner are considering marriage, this film can be an eye opener. I am also a fan of the English Speaking Cuban films that come out of Cuba and will watch them often. Cubans are awesome, so this movie was an eye opener. The restaurant at the beginning in Miami is so beautiful that it is like looking at a miniature model. It's interesting how the money they made (90% of it) went to renovate the restaurants in Miami. I liked how the camera was angled at each individual table, like the camera was there for them to see their food. It would seem to be obvious to most people, but for a middle aged couple, they don't look so bad with their large family. The way it is explained in the movie is the best I have seen so far. The camera is pointing in all directions, showing the same angles. I found it interesting how the older woman was more angry and sad than the younger woman. I have noticed that most people who come to America don't have the money to stay in one place for very long, so it is easy to feel like an outcast. I also like the way the camera showed the food like it was in the back of the store. I also found the way the camera didn't zoom in on any person, which is usually a good thing. I would say this is a great film and it will bring more awareness of the problems in Cuba. To those who say this is not a good film, I say that's what made it good. I don't think these stories were told well at all, but they were all worth telling. They are not the kind of movies I want to show my friends, but they are the kind of movies I love to watch. I am not an expert on Cuba, so I am not sure what is being said by the people who gave it a bad review. If you have not experienced problems of your own, it's nice to know this kind of reality.

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Peter White

I find it incredible that anyone would think that Americans are somehow immoral or inappropriate for a movie in which they are the main actors. I am extremely offended that there is a double standard and that the vast majority of the review is by Americans. So much for a movie that is supposed to be based in the Cuban experience. Perhaps Cuba is not really a place where people can be touched by great love or relationship. This film is a kind of propaganda which distorts reality and inflames American prejudices. It is sad that so many people in this country feel that they should be told how to feel and what to think. This is not an intelligent movie but rather an emotional reaction to the injustice and crime being committed against innocent people. If you are offended by violence against women and people who are not accepted by the community, then the film is not for you. Perhaps it is more for those who have not experienced this kind of injustice. But, again, the majority of American people and politicians can not handle reality and I find the very basis of the film to be morally irresponsible.

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Willie

I am such a fan of Cuban Food, and I cannot find this documentary on DVD anywhere. If anyone knows where I can get it, please contact me. I would love to see it! My favorite stories are those about Cubans visiting with relatives back home. I will be sure to watch this again and again!

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Bruce Armstrong

I saw this documentary at the Shaw Festival of Fantasy Movies and it was so much fun. I had no expectations going into it, but they did. As a student of Spanish, I really liked the humor and the methods they used to depict the different cultures. I laughed out loud at several parts, as I thought the jokes would be terribly awkward, but they were not. Most of the jokes were a little too fast for a full length documentary, but the humor is just as well delivered and is really funny in many instances. This was definitely a great documentary to see, and I encourage you to see it.

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Amber Ward

I am so impressed with this movie. The subject matter is hard and serious, and I would encourage all to watch this film. This is an extremely difficult topic to handle, especially on the small screen. It is heartbreaking to watch and hear the stories from the children. They do such a wonderful job of explaining the many problems with their families. It's fascinating to watch their energy and passion for their family and the loss and struggle their family has gone through. They're so real and real. I found this a great resource for all to learn about the difficulties families go through and how to deal with them. The movie is a must see.

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Angela

This movie was, for me, a light hearted, (mostly) self-deprecating story about the differences of Cuban food and its place in the culture. There was a lot of story here, and not only about the foods, but also the cultures. The story was about food, and the cultural differences with the food, as well as how food has affected and shaped cultures over the years. As a whole, I loved this film, but there were some points that seemed to be missed. These were the major points I would have liked to have known about and, in my opinion, they could have made the film a bit more enlightening, even as a standalone work. The film does a great job at staying focused on the "food" story, and the cultural differences (in the food story, not the culture story), and I thought that it could have taken more time on the cultural differences. For example, did the movie really need to spend time on the differences in the food of the different cultures? I think it could have given a more "wholesome" message about the differences between cultures. For me, these were the major points that the film could have done better on. These points would have been great to know about, and hopefully made the movie a bit more interesting, even as a standalone movie. My rating: 9/10

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Samuel Stone

I saw this film at an educational screening for my class. This film will bring people to think about Cuba and its people. My class took a lot of photos, and we all agreed that it was the most picturesque film we have ever seen. The director also wrote a very funny story about how the Cuban people describe their food. This film is a good way to talk about Cuba. I can't wait to see what will happen with the next film from this film crew.

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Elizabeth

There's never been a film about the importance of Cuban food that has gotten more attention than the one made by Almodovar, and I think that's a great shame. "Cuban Food Stories" follows a few people who love the food of Cuba, and their love for Cuban food is captured in a simple, but clear way. Everyone I've talked to who's seen the film has been impressed with the accuracy of the film. The acting, the editing, the music, the fact that it was shot on digital means that we can't compare it to "National Geographic" or the National Geographic Channel. Almodovar is the master of this kind of film, and he does a great job with this one. All of the people who are involved in this film deserve some recognition, because the love and work they put into the film isn't out of line. "Cuban Food Stories" is one of the best documentaries I've seen in a long time, and I hope that it's as influential on the rest of the world as it has been on Cuba. 9/10

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Sharon Cox

Absolutely amazing. The people of Cuba are extremely active in their own small way. I have had the pleasure of witnessing the birth of my grandfather, my uncle and sister, and my parents' island home. This film gives a very comprehensive view of what life in Cuba was like and is still alive. The isolation, the music, the cigars and dancing - this is what Cuba is all about.

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Joyce

Since the release of this film, there has been a flurry of activity in the food industry in both the U.S. and around the world. The Obama administration is encouraging countries to adopt the notion of global diet guidelines. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is encouraging countries to join a World Health Organization (WHO) Council of Ministers to work on the WHO's Millennium Declaration on Diet in which they will be doing a WHO-sponsored "healthification" of the diets of the population. (WHO called for this task in order to prevent a possible rise in the rate of obesity in the US.) The Food and Agriculture Organization is also coordinating an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on crop vulnerability based on modeling evidence. The European Union is participating in the World Health Assembly for the first time. And in terms of research, Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva told the World Health Assembly that scientists are working hard to gain a better understanding of how a chemical called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) can cause health effects, particularly for pregnant women. "We have to do the research because a lot of things are known, but we don't know how to protect our children," he said. "We have to do the research, because the risk of exposure is very high." The WHO is also working to track the movements of African refugees from the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan to countries in the Southern Cone where there are no well-established institutions for health services. And, just last month, the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report on diabetes, which states that in the EU and other European countries, "the prevalence of diabetes is growing in both adults and children," and that the growth in children and adults is "steadily outpacing that of adults." When I was a child, I was surprised that we didn't have a country like South Korea, Taiwan, and other Asian countries who are meeting with the WHO. There is also a problem in the U.S. with pediatricians being not trained to have a clinical knowledge of nutrition and physical activity. In fact, when I was a child, I didn't even know what an activity was. I had learned it from reading books. But that's all changing, and it's not just in the U.S. The National Academies of Science and Medicine and the United Nations have recommended that the U.S. get involved in the WHO Council of Ministers and that the WHO take steps to ensure that the environment does not get a chance to prevent obesity from starting. That's because, "An environmental risk will never disappear," because it's based on the environment, and "population will always be the dominant force in the universe." If we can get together and work together, it's possible to make a difference. For example, South Korea, Taiwan, and China have already come together in order to pass a bill in the South Korean parliament which has passed all the way to the president's desk. The legislation now goes to the president and will be signed by the president in time for the United Nations

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Ethan

I read a couple of reviews that rated this movie 2 or 3 stars, not bad for a documentary, but most of them had no idea what they were talking about. This documentary doesn't really have a point, and is actually focused on one of the main issues that it covers. It's about poverty, violence, and oppression. It's about how the State is so greedy and aggressive with their controls, that it causes unrest and destruction. It's about how the media is controlled by corporations, and how the truth, no matter how bad it is, is still important to us. It's about how these two groups of people can never exist as separate groups, or the same group, they both have to die, and have to co-exist. They also show that we humans can all look at a specific type of food, and figure out what type of food makes the best food, and what type of food is unhealthy or useless, and so it is with this movie. The documentary also shows the stories of the people who live in the areas that were shown, and how they deal with the problems, and how people are struggling with all the things they have to deal with, and how they try to have a normal life, while the more fortunate ones are fighting the government. It's important to see how the food is grown and how the profits are made, how people deal with the problem of their land being taken, and how some people try to steal the food that others want to take. It's also good to see how these two groups of people, being two different races, can still relate and communicate, they both want the same thing, and the documentary shows this and shows that not all things are black and white. This is a great documentary that is well worth seeing, especially if you're a vegan.

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Patrick

I enjoyed this documentary. I came out of the cinema wondering if I had seen the same thing as all the other people who had watched the same thing that night. I liked the idea that it was a documentary on the Food Revolution, but I also thought that it was really important to show the extreme suffering faced by the poor. This is something that is very very hard to show. And when the food is so scarce, it is really hard to watch. But the people who are starving and starving and starving need the movie more than I do. And that is why I think this film is one of the best documentaries about Food Revolution. I recommend it to all people who have no idea about the Food Revolution and would like to have a view about the real suffering faced by the poor. And I hope that we can stop our starvation and this is what we have the power to do.

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Zachary

Filmed during the 2008 NITRO-WEST FILM FESTIVAL in Toronto. The film was organized by the Children's Television Workshop (CTW) under the theme of "food and life". The theme was repeated in two other screenings that night. The screening featured a panel of educators (with the participation of representatives from more than 20 countries). The panel discussed "food stories" in relation to food and the history of the arts. Included were stories of dal matos (beef stew) from India, stories about an "observatory" of kitchen utensils in Tehran and stories about the complexity of food and its importance in people's lives. The documentary also included short videos and interviews with expert food experts and artists. This film was very moving and wonderful to see. The film was the second time I have seen it in the theater. The first time was in 2003 at a film festival in Milan. The title "food and life" was a challenge, as I could not think of the word food in the title, but it was good because the film was about the relevance of food, not about food itself.

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Amber

The intention of this movie was to look at the facts of a certain race of people. The documentary basically covers the history of racial discrimination, discrimination in the law, and racial oppression in general. I am not sure if this movie was just made by an 'expert', or if the intention was to highlight the very reality of the racism. For the most part, the movie was presented in a way that was honest and fair to the participants, as well as to the other people that participated in the film. In fact, the film did not focus on any particular thing, but rather covered the whole history of the world and how racism relates to various people and organizations. It did not focus on the protagonist, the book author, or the race. The focus was on the other people and how the race affected their lives. In this way, the movie really was a good documentary.

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Donald

This film is a very good documentary on a very strange subject. What it says, what it does, what it means. It covers a bit of the situation in Cuba back then. The filmmaker spends a lot of time on telling the stories of the people who were impacted by the revolution. Many of them were not just involved in the revolution, but were themselves a part of it. There are some documentary quality features, like the narrative about the woman who died due to a disease and the woman who was held in prison for a year. And the cameraman was able to take some wonderful pictures of the towns and their people. It takes a lot of patience to follow all the little nooks and crannies of Cuba, but once you get into it, it is a lot of fun. It makes you feel like you are actually there. Definitely worth watching.

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Mildred K.

This is a very well done documentary, well done but no great things. There is not enough depth to be able to relate to this family. If you like documentaries on the Arab world, this one is worth seeing.

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Laura Dean

Very well put together documentary, with the same quality that was put into documentaries for television. The focus of the documentary is to describe the experiences of Cuban people in the United States, both before and after the revolution. The current film-makers are well informed and as well prepared as they could be for what they had to give. I thoroughly enjoyed the information given, and was very impressed by how much information was put together to make the documentary. Also, it is always refreshing to see independent film-makers getting involved in the film-making process, and it is a good experience to see such well-produced films produced by people who are very passionate about what they do. The documentary has both a news commentary and interviews with various people and institutions from various different countries in the United States. There is also a brief introduction into the history of Cuban immigration into the United States, which is well done. The documentary's length is divided into two parts, the first part covers the period between 1901 to 1959, the second part covers the period between 1959 and 1975. This is a very well-put together documentary that is well worth watching.

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Nicole Carroll

While I'm sure this film will not be seen by the average film goer, I can't imagine anyone not loving this movie. Why? For the simple reason that it's a story. What's happening is that there's a lot of people in this world that want to do good, but we're taught that "doing good" is something that's done by other people. I believe that telling people to "do good" is something that's done by you, that your conscience, your heart, your desire to make your world a better place. If you can do good, your children will do good for you. If you're able to do good, you'll be able to make a difference. So what's holding back the people of this world? I can see the language barrier as a barrier, as a roadblock, and it's one that we as an educated nation need to break. We need to be able to know that people from different backgrounds can be in the same room, and that there's nothing wrong with them sharing the same language. We need to understand that people from different countries are not different in the same way that there's no difference in that they can read the same book. I believe that all of us can be responsible for making the world a better place. The more educated we become the better the world will be. If we don't do so, I'm afraid that we'll be a very unhappy and tense world. I'm not saying that everybody can go do this film, but that everybody needs to know the importance of what the film is trying to get across, and I'm sure that this film will help many. That's why I'm so disappointed that it wasn't nominated for any awards. My favorite part of the film was the fact that it didn't take itself too seriously. The ending made me smile and was the best part of the film. I also enjoyed the conversations in the movie, but they were a little boring at times. I recommend this film to anybody. If you haven't already seen it, see it.

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Timothy Martin

I cannot begin to describe how well this film is made. The three distinct parts of this film were set with great care and kept me interested throughout. The storytelling was quite intelligent, and the effects were what you'd expect. The setting of Cuba in the 60's was a fascinating background, as well as the many different methods of food production. These were all taken very well. The characters were very well developed, and I am sure that you will agree with them. This film really caught my attention, and I do recommend it.