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Asian Fusion: A Movie and a Meal

By Mary Norquist

Mujeres en Cambio will hold its fourth Annual “Meal and a Movie” event on Thursday, August 20, at 1pm at the Pocket Theater at Hernández Macías 95. This year, our theme is “Asian Fusion,” with the meal consisting of many of your favorite Asian dishes, plus some new ones. Wine, beer, and margaritas will be available for purchase.

Asian Fusion: A Meal and a Movie
Mujeres en Cambio
Thu, Aug 20, 1pm
Pocket Theater
Hernández Macias 95
250 pesos
Tickets available at La Conexión
(Aldama 3 and Café Monet)
and La Tienda of La Biblioteca (Insurgentes 25)

We are featuring two movies this year. You’ll be able to choose the one you want to see…first come, first served! Chinese Take-Away is a 2011 Argentine comedy film written and directed by Sebastián Borensztein. The film was the highest grossing non-US film in Argentina in 2011.

Roberto is a veteran  characterized by orderliness and a firm belief in the value of control. He runs his own hardware store accordingly. If a supplier sells him boxes with 100 screws each, he counts all the screws and files a complaint if just a single one is missing. He feels that the world around his isle of neatness has gone mad. In order to prove his point, he collects  newspaper articles about grotesque mishaps.

While Roberto believes he has his life under control and is safe from surprises, he is confronted by an appalling incident. A Chinese man, Jun, is thrown out of a moving car in front of Roberto’s eyes. Roberto helps him and tries to put things right again, as is his nature. This is particularly difficult because neither one speaks the other’s language, and Roberto is absolutely not in the habit of asking anybody for help. However, they find an interpreter who enables them to converse. Then the fun begins!

Our second movie, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, is a 2011 American documentary film directed by David Gelb. The film follows Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a Michelin three-star restaurant, on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi. Sukiyabashi Jiro is a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. Jiro Ono serves a tasting menu of roughly 20 courses.

The film also profiles Jiro’s two sons, both of whom are also sushi chefs. The younger son, Takashi, left Sukiyabashi Jiro to open a mirror image of his father’s restaurant in Roppongi Hills. The 50-year-old elder son, Yoshikazu, obliged to succeed his father, still works for Jiro and is faced with the prospect of one day taking over the flagship restaurant. This film is an interesting and intriguing glance into Asian culture.

Tickets to these events sell out quickly, so don’t wait to get yours. Mujeres en Cambio is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to underserved young women in the rural areas surrounding San Miguel.


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