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21 May 2020

Comfort eating.

by Andrew MacGregor

Short Films: “A Taste of Home” - 3 mins 20s

This warm, eloquent short film by director Libby Burke Wilde sheds light on Blackpool’s Syrian community, and the importance of food to those forced to leave their homeland. Much has been left behind, but recipes travel.

The proud cast - despite pining for their “land of paradise” back in Western Asia - are determined to ensure dishes like fattah, yabrak, and tabbouleh thrive on the Lancashire coast and beyond. What’s more, they want to share their culinary zeal with others.

It’s a refreshing (and appetising) twist on the refugee narrative. As one interviewee puts it, “We are not coming here just to sit at home and close the door”. Instead, they want to open people’s eyes to Syrian cuisine.

Director: Libby Burke Wilde ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ (Archer's Mark Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Cinematographer: Tom Welsh
Colourist: Jax Harney ♀ Ⓟ @ Envy Advertising Ⓟ Ⓦ
Flame: Will Baxter
Audio Mix: Dan Pugsley
Composer: Pedro Syrah
Thanks To: George Baxter
Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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