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Imaginary Feasts

A film by Anne Georget

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A companion film to director Anne Georget's Mina's Recipe Book. Read "Hell's Own Cookbook," a New York Times article about the book that inspired the films here.

In Nazi concentration camps, the Gulag and Japanese war camps, deportees wrote cooking recipes. Hundreds of those recipes were copied in small notebooks by starving human beings of all origins—women, men, young, old, French, Russians, Americans-who took huge risks to write and keep them. By examining these objects of survival, the film explores a phenomenon of incredible Resistance. Until now, no study or publication has ever been made on these recipes.

"Explores notebooks filled with fantasy recipes that prisoners left behind under unimaginable circumstances as proof of a remarkable kind of quiet resistance… IMAGINARY FEASTS turns the camera on writers, philosophers, cooks, psychiatrists, historians, language specialists and neurologists to explain a baffling yet apparently widespread occurrence."Agence France Presse

"The recipes were written from memory…bear in mind that these are not the cookies the prisoners ate in the camps-but the ones they remembered and dreamed of eating."National Post

Special Jury Mention, Luchon Film Festival de Luchon
Berlin International Film Festival
Australia and New Zealand Jewish Film Festival
Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Dublin Gastronomy Symposium

70 minutes / Color
English; French / English subtitles
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2014

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

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Subject areas:
Death and Dying, Food, France, Human Rights, Jewish Film Festivals, Jewish Studies, Streaming only, Western Europe

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