A Kitchen Can Take You Back
Follow the five steps below to get the most out of your UnLonely Film Festival experience!
Step 1: Watch the film.
Moudi Sbeity hires refugees to make the food at his Salt Lake City restaurant, Laziz Kitchen. An immigrant himself, he knows the feeling of trying to make a fresh start in a strange place. He knows too, as a gay man, what it means to feel different and how important embracing others in the community can be.
About the filmmakers:
Elaine Clark, Writer/Producer, is a Producer at Radio West, of KUER.NPR Utah. She studied Folklore and Germanic and Middle East Studies which included work for an education NGO in the West Bank.
Doug Fabrizio, the Director, has been reporting for KUER News since 1987 and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became the host and executive producer of KUER’s RadioWest, a one-hour conversation/call-in show.
“In doing the interviews, we found that part of the refugee story is trying to make a fresh start in a new place. There are a lot of challenges in leaving everything you know behind, and loneliness can certainly be a part of that.”
“This is a story about finding community, and that’s one way for anyone dealing with loneliness and isolation to move forward. Find your tribe. Become part of a community.”
Step 2: Explore these things after watching the film.
- How does the kitchen at Laziz Kitchen compare to your workplace? Do you see your colleagues as family? Why or why not?
- The restaurant owner discussed how the smell of the pita takes him back to his childhood and that is why in part he believes he has built the restaurant in this specific way—showcasing the food and people of his culture. How do you incorporate your childhood memories and culture into your adult life? Have you created any rituals in your daily life to ‘take you back’?
- Would you describe yourself as persistent? In what ways are you persistent? How has your persistence helped you?
- Cook a work of art: Make a meal that brings back the smells, feelings, sights, and sounds of your childhood. What should be on the menu? What are the ingredients? Share the meal with your loved ones and share your memories.
- Invite friends for dinner and ask them each to bring a dish that represents something about their culture. When they come, ask them–if they feel comfortable–to say a few words about the dish and what role it plays, if any, in their family’s culture.
- Design a “welcome” poster for the entry door to your home. Who is it that you want to welcome in your community who may not be getting a positive reception from most people? Are there people in your community who aren’t well-understood or who are neglected or sidelined?
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Step 3: Join in the conversation about the film.
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