FRESH PICKS – Wednesday, October 24

Superfood and The World’s Greatest Sushi

Today’s fresh picks include a film from our Scotiabank Big Picture Program and an acclaimed documentary hand-picked by our guest curator Chef Sam Kass. Not only is it Sam Kass’ favourite food film of all time but Devour! guest Questlove also inspired his book, Something To Food About.

SUPERFOOD CHAIN

Every year, there seems to be a new “superfood” boasting extraordinary health benefits. This film explores how the global demand for these foods affects food security for farmers and fishers around the world. Follow filmmaker Ann Shin as she meets families in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Philippines, and Haida Gwaii whose lives have been changed by the superfood boom.

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

85-year-old Jiro Ono is considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He’s the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. A thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and a loving yet complicated father.

Eat it Up! Drink it in!

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Devour! The Food Film Fest (Devour!) is a transformative food and film experience combining cinematic excellence with extraordinary gastronomic activities. The annual six-day festival hosts 100+ events, celebrated filmmakers and high-profile chefs from around the globe. Devour! takes place in Wolfville, Kings County, the agricultural heartland of Nova Scotia; home to a thriving wine industry and hospitable community with a longstanding farm-to-table ethos. Devour! aims to inspire people to think differently about food and create a deeper connection to it.