About the film
Release Date: Jun 3, 2021
Runtime: 85 mins
Director: Beth Elise HawkBreaking Bread follows Arab and Jewish chefs in Haifa, Israel as they collaborate in the kitchen. Connected through a shared love of food, the chefs unite to celebrate their cultures and the food of their region free from political and religious boundaries.
Welcome to the A-Sham Arabic Food Festival. Founded by Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef, the festival invites Arab and Jewish chefs to celebrate their shared culinary history as they exchange stories, recipes and techniques.
A celebration of the region’s diverse cuisines and people, BREAKING BREAD offers a mouth-
watering taste of rich culinary traditions that will leave you wanting more.
Languages: English and Hebrew (with English subtitles)
NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL - AUDIENCE AWARD FOR "FAVORITE CULINARY CINEMA FILM"
WILBUR AWARD for excellence in secular media in the feature film category
SELECT FESTIVALS/OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Napa Valley Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Devour! Food Film Festival
Denver Film Festival
Haifa International Film Festival
New York Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center
UK Jewish Film Festival
Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival
“This delicious documentary”
“feel good – and extremely appetizing”
“A mouth-watering film”
“’Breaking Bread’ is director Beth Elise Hawk’s fascinating documentary featuring Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Arab to win Israel’s ‘Master Chef,’ in a film that talks about food, peace, and people...”
- THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
“This recipe for tolerance, nestled in a film by Beth Elise Hawk that celebrates cuisine diplomacy, lies beneath the bubbling pots of Syrian stews and plates of Israeli hummus, top heavy with the legacy of local traditions that date back centuries...Who knew that these perceived enemies of Israel had their own story to tell, and how their story is our story? Who knew that what brings us together is much more powerful than what drives us apart?"
"Beth Elise Hawk's documentary occupies the space between cultural study and kitchen porn"
- TORONTO NOW
"an award-winning love letter to the food of the Middle East"
- JEWISH CHRONICLE (UK)
“‘Breaking Bread’ demonstrates that food can nurture a connection among people from disparate groups, chipping away at discord, and that when political and religious labels are removed, we are all just human beings with striking similarities.”
- THE JERUSALEM POST
"satisfying and insightful, visually arresting and inspiring"
- ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES