Global Film Series serves up the world

table of food seen from above. "Food in Film, A Global Film Series" written in the middel. "The Department of Global Languages and Culturesinvites you to an international film series examing human interacitions and relationships through food! 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Liberal Artsbuilding, room 136 students to engage in the study of global languages and cultures in order to promote student success beyond the classroom.

The Global Engagement and Language Learning (GELL) Center provides a space for NAU students to engage in the study of global languages and cultures in order to promote student success beyond the classroom.

As part of that mission, the GELL Center is bringing the Global Film Series, “Food in Film,” to campus; it explores human interactions and relationships through food and examining the ways we use food to express ourselves as human beings.

All films will be shown in their original languages with English subtitles on various Wednesday nights throughout the semester. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member from the appropriate language department with discussion afterward.

Adults and teens from the campus and community are encouraged to attend these free screenings. Watching foreign language films can be a great way to practice a new language and to learn about other cultures.

Details about the featured films:
All films begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Liberal Arts building, room 136 

March 8: Breaking Bread – English


Breaking Bread, the 2019 documentary that 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.


March 22: Dad’s Lunch Box – Japanese


Papa no obentô wa sekaiichi, the touching 2017 Japanese film which portrays a recently divorced father who has never cooked as he works to prepare his daughter’s daily lunch.


March 29: Délicieux – French


Délicieux, the mouth-watering 2021 historical comedy that follows a French chef and his enterprising protégé as they resolve to free themselves from servitude and open the first restaurant in 1700s France.


April 5: La Cena Perfetta – Italian


La Cena Perfetta, the 2022 Italian comedy drama following Carmine, who runs a restaurant to launder dirty money, as he discovers a love for food and a dream of winning a Michelin star when collaborating with Consuelo, a chef in search of perfection, giving them both an opportunity for redemption.


April 12: Como Agua Para Chocolate – Spanish


Water for Chocolate, the celebrated 1992 magical realist drama based on the novel by Laura Esquivel that follows Tita, a Mexican woman living in the early 1900s, as she struggles with conflicts between love and family tradition, expressing her suppressed passions through her cooking.


April 19: Bella Martha – German


Mostly Martha, the 2001 German romantic comedy drama about love, loss and the way we use food to communicate and connect.


April 26: Eat Drink Man Woman – Mandarin


Eat Drink Man Woman (飲食男女), the delicious 1994 Ang Lee comedy about food, fatherhood and family ties as a widower struggles to accept his three daughters’ sudden interest in romance.


May 3: 18 Comidas – Spanish


18 Meals, the 2010 Spanish drama that follows the conversations and meals of a group of intertwined lives over one day in the historic city of Santiago de Compostela, where the most important conversations of life are held over food.


Jessica Wood

NAU Communications