Dine and View at Serenity Cafe
A North African Feast
Mon 31 Oct at 7pm, Serenity Cafe, 8 Jacksons Entry, Edinburgh
£12 (includes film ticket and three course meal)
A North African Feast is a unique multi-sensory food and film experience complete with ambience, décor, and visuals that will evoke the mystique of North Africa. This year’s dine and view event uses food and film to tell individual and collective stories from Morocco and Tunisia, tasting and travelling across beautiful landscapes and delicious cuisines. A feast for your eyes and a treat for your tastebuds, with a mixture of herbs, nuts and spices, as well as street scenes, animation and powerful acting.
Start in Morocco: Roast Veg kebabs with honey, cumin and harrisa; served with pitta and mint yoghurt dressing (v)
Main meal in Tunisia: Chicken Kadra with chickpeas, peppers and onions (GF) / Beetroot falafel (v) | Tunisian couscous (v)
Desert in Egypt: Mango & Coconut Mahalabiya (V, GF); Date and nut baklava (V)
Mémoires anachroniques ou le couscous du vendredi midi (Thank God It’s Friday)
Asmae El Moudir | Morocco/France 2014 | 13m | Arabic with English subtitles | Documentary | 15
A young girl recalls the communal Friday family dinners, a time of tradition and airing of diverse opinions. Recalling the history of Morocco and those who tried in earnest to affect change, the experiential nature of the film allows for an interesting perspective on a common story and setting. This film is an allegory of memory: an erratic recollection of shared experiences, feelings, and thoughts that shape a coherent narrative.
Sabbat El Aid (My Shoes)
Anis Lassoued | Tunisia 2012 | 30m | Tunisian dialect with English subtitles | PG
Nine-year-old Nader loves to run, as if he wants to defy gravity. We follow him as he journeys through his village, down winding paths bordered with lush green forests, greeting each neighbour as he passes, until he climbs up a large mountain to the tallest point where he looks down over his small village with a sense of awe and freedom. While shopping for Eid clothes with his parents, he sets his heart on a pair of expensive shoes beyond what his father can afford..
Paris Sur Mer (Paris by the Sea)
Munir Abbar | Morocco/Germany 2007 | 15m | French with English subtitles | 15
A letter home allows Wilson, a young African immigrant from Benin to re-translate his harsh journey and current reality into a dream reality of success, living in blissful Paris by the sea. Munir Abbar creatively and charmingly explores the dystopia surrounding the idea of a better life in Europe. A touching short that transports the audience into a young man’s dream world...