The 9th edition of the Slow Filme – Festival Internacional de Cinema, Alimentação e Cultura Local, to take place from September 13 to 16 in the historic city of Pirenópolis, Goiás state, central Brazil, features a busy program that combines film and cuisine and promotes sustainability and the respect for diversity and the identity of different peoples. The event is unique in its kind and its entrance is free of charge.
For this edition, 11 feature films will be aired, nearly all of them exclusive in Brazil, including titles from Italy, France, Austria, Portugal, Brazil, Australia, Georgia, the US, and Lebanon.
Activities will be held from Thursday to Sunday, and will also encompass talks with organizers and specialists, cooking workshops, and free tastings. The festival is organized by a local producer in partnership with the Pirenópolis city government as well as the embassies of Italy, Georgia, Portugal, Australia, Austria, and France in the Brazilian capital.
The Slow Filme festival aims to use the language of film as a tool to discuss major present-day topics such as food waste, homogenization versus cultural identity, cuisine, and sustainability.
Cuisine and gender
This edition of the festival will address the topic of women’s participation in cuisine with three films on the theme. The French The Goddesses of Food is centered on the work of women who, in addition to being teachers and activists, oversee kitchens in renowned restaurants across the world.
Ama-San (Japan) revolves around women who make a livelihood of diving and collecting mollusks, algae, and pearls. Also on the topic is Soufra, a US–Lebanon production that shows a food-truck company offering traditional dishes founded by women in a refugee camp in Beirut.
History and sustainability
The Slow Filme festival also pays a tribute to Italy—the birthplace of Slow Food, a movement created in opposition to the concept of fast food. At the opening ceremony of the event, at 7 pm on September 13, Slow Food Story will be aired, a film on the life and philosophy of Carlo Petrini, the man who created the style that revolutionized world food.
Also in the program is Prime Meridian of Wine Géorgie, from Georgia, where experts believe wine production began, over eight thousand years ago. The Austrian The Green Lie, unveiling the truth about self-proclaimed sustainable companies, shows how these firms circumvent the law and deceive consumers all over the world.
The Quest of Alain Ducasse (France) recounts two years in the life of culinary mentor Alain Ducasse, the world’s most famous chef. Tuna, Farofa and Spaghetti, a Brazilian production, takes us on a trip through the richness and diversity of Brazil’s cuisine through the lives of three chefs. Austria’s Barbecue shows how barbecue tradition came to connect people the world over.
In addition to the airings, the international festival will feature a workshop entitled Food and Gender – a Sensory Experience, as well as tastings of craft beer and Georgian and Italian wines.