Dal Puri Diaspora

FREE SCREENING - Director Richard Fung will be present for an introduction, and a Q&A after the film.

The recipe for dal puri traveled with indentured workers from India’s Gangetic plain to British and Dutch Caribbean colonies in the 19th Century. In the 1960s the wrapped roti migrated from Trinidad to North America, where it is known as West Indian roti and is popular in cities like New York and Toronto. As the dish moved from home fire to street stall to restaurant chain, and from festival to fast food, the flatbread was radically transformed in ingredients, cooking method, ways of eating and identity. Shot in Toronto, Trinidad and India, this documentary tracks dal puri’s remarkable passage across space and time, linking colonialism, migration and the globalization of tastes. The documentary features interviews with leading scholars and food writers including Pushpesh Pant, Naomi Duguid, Brinsley Samaroo, Radhika Mongia and Patricia Mohammed.

Richard Fung is a Trinidad-born, Toronto-based artist and writer. His award winning videos and installations have been widely exhibited and collected internationally, and broadcast in Canada and the US. Among other honours, Richard has received the Toronto Art Award for Media Art, the Bell Canada Award for outstanding achievement in video art, and Rockefeller and McKnight fellowships. He teaches at OCAD University.

Winner, Samsung Audience Award, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2012.


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