Food on Film: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

From February 08, 6:00 pm until February 08, 9:00 pm

At Wellfleet Preservation Hall


Categories: Film & Theater, Food & Dining

Food On Film Season 6

4 Thursday screenings, at 6pm: 1/11, 2/8, 3/8 & 4/12

This season's theme: Hélas pour Moi ( Oh, Woe is Me)

Here's what series co-creator Kim Shkapich has to say about this season:

I am captivated by the Netflix “Chefs Table” series—not for the recipes nor the techniques—but to hear Chefs describe their moments of self-doubt and worry as they embark on opening their own restaurants. Usually they are all in—on the verge of bankruptcy, questioning their motives, perhaps trapped by their obsessions, facing half-empty dining rooms, and what makes them push on or quit?

It is part of the human condition to face and question failure and motivation, but how one deals with this dilemma is the subject of Season Six of Food on Film.

An appropriate sub-title could also be “To Dream the Impossible Dream.”

The protagonists in these films have a personal quest that involves poignant questions. What is perfection? What is a natural habitat? How do we confront bias and prejudice? How do we define success? What is our moral compass?

The films deal with this serious subject with satire, humor, determination and a lot of drama proving that sometimes things have to go wrong in order to become all right.

Tonight's screening:

Salmon Fishing in Yemen (2011, Dir. Lasse Hallström)

Written by Simon Beaufoy, Paul Torday (novel)

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, Kristin Scott Thomas

Can Alfred Jones, Britain’s leading fisheries expert bring the sport of fly-fishing to the desert?

The themes of romantic comedy, environmentalism, political foreign relations and media drama are currents that combine to create a story that's far from predictable.

Time and tides wait for no one in this tale of how money and power both create and corrupt common sense. “You can’t catch faith with a fishing rod.”

Lola prepares traditional Yemeni dishes:

*Shafout, a savory yogurt salad

*Salmon Kebabs in Sanunat Samak, a classic Adeni Fish sauce