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Having escaped starvation and tyranny in their homeland of Zimbabwe, four refugees have conquered the odds to become South Africa’s top sommeliers. Driven by relentless optimism, a passion for their craft and unshakeable national pride, they form Zimbabwe’s first ever wine tasting team and set their sights on the coveted title of ‘World Wine Tasting Champions’. From the moment they arrive in France to compete, this team of mavericks turns an establishment of privilege and tradition on its head. A truly uplifting documentary that celebrates just how irrepressible the human spirit can be.
Directed by Robert Coe, Warwick Ross
Produced by Warwick Ross, Robert Coe
Starring Mel Brooks, with Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, Colin Powell, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and featuring Mel Brook’s original song (There Was Nothing Like the Coffee) at the Automat” which he composed and sang for this documentary.
“The most culturally relevant film for post-pandemic America….a belief in a more egalitarian America.” Forbes
Horn & Hardart’s Automat served 800,000 people a day for nearly a century in New York and Philadelphia, and they always served people who were unwelcome in other restaurants: immigrants, the working-class, Blacks and single women. They welcomed anybody with at least a nickel in their pocket to put in a slot and the little glass door would open to release the customer’s pick, be it a slice of pie, macaroni & cheese, or a Salisbury steak. Even people with no money could come in with their own container and get free hot water, ketchup, and crackers for “hobo tomato soup.” The gleaming white marble floors, walls and polished brass were grand, and the Automat was particularly popular with immigrants because it represented America’s great promise of equality. The Automat is an endearing first time look into one of the most successful business ventures of its time through the eyes of those touched by their experiences.
Directed by Lisa Hurwitz
Produced by Lisa Hurwitz and Alec Shuldiner
Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel – the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef – is on a quest to make social change through food. And so she founded the A-Sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on traditional and exotic dishes like kishek (a Syrian yogurt soup), and qatayef (a dessert typically served during Ramadan). A film about hope, synergy and mouth-watering fare, Breaking Bread celebrates unique cultural heritages and a common love of cooking, proving that there is no room for religion and politics in the kitchen.
Directed by Beth Elise Hawk
Snowcat mechanic Mike Alves was outside his maintenance garage when he heard the sound of twigs snapping. Snow avalanches do not roar and the twigs snapping were actually 100 ft. trees. It was 1982 and this was the worst blizzard in Lake Tahoe’s history; it had already snowed 7 feet in 5 days with wind gusts of 120 miles per hour. In a split second, millions of pounds of snow hurtled down the side of the mountain demolishing Alpine Meadows base area buildings and burying the parking lot. A crew of 150 volunteers spent the next five days digging with hand shovels during the continuing blizzard. Over the next five days, they found 8 bodies, but continued frantically, because there was still one person missing and all avalanche rescuers believe in miracles.
Directed by Jared Drake, Steven Siig
Jared Drake and Steven Siig In person