Friends, Food & Film – what more could you ask for?
In collaboration with the United States Embassy to the UAE and the Homemade in Abu Dhabi initiative, we bring you Friends, Food & Film, a culinary cinematic experience geared to bring cultures and communities together through the sharing of food and film.
Enveloped by the aroma of fresh popcorn, the ‘Friends, Food & Film’ pop up screenings will be held at three outdoor venues in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
The program includes two delicious feature narratives and a delectable documentary that are sure to please your viewing palates. This program of award-winning films will span decades, eras, styles and countries to present a film feast to audiences in search of something new.
Honoring the community spirit of the program, the screenings will be complemented with film introductions as well as some thematically chosen food, inspired from Homemade in Abu Dhabi recipes. This immersive experience will allow audiences to travel through film and flavor and sample the sweetness and zest of cinema.
U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi collaborates on a variety of cultural events each year that link Emirati audiences with American culture. The embassy promotes these events primarily through social media. We invite you to follow the embassy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs helps foreign missions create long-lasting ties between the United States and other countries by sharing America’s rich culture with foreign audiences.
In Homemade in Abu Dhabi, author Hanan Sayed Worrell offers up a taste of the cosmopolitan community of the city. Rooted in a Bedouin desert culture, Abu Dhabi has been at the crossroads of East and West for millennia. Worrell takes the reader through the city, for an intimate glimpse into the homes of Emiratis as well as residents from Syria to Spain, India to Italy, Afghanistan to the Americas.
Homemade in Abu Dhabi is the story of a community forming itself through the sharing of food, traditions, and culture. In revealing interviews, the pioneers who came to Abu Dhabi in the 1960s, as oil production increased, tell tales of cooking experiments born of necessity as original recipe ingredients were substituted with what was locally available. For those who arrived more recently, the variety on offer at local grocery stores reflected the entire polyglot community of the city. For Emiratis, who welcomed the multicultural communities, native food and customs became infused with flavors and spices from around the globe. As the city grew, cooking and entertaining friends at home became an integral ritual in how people bonded with each other.
Today, Abu Dhabi has an urban food culture that ranges from wildly popular food carts to contemporary restaurants. Quietly and deliciously, Abu Dhabi has been creating a culinary culture of reinvention and collaboration at home and on the streets.