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Falafelism

Food is intimately tied with tradition, culture and nostalgia. For anyone who has lived far from home, one bite of a familiar dish can conjure up strong memories, emotions and passion. Canadian, Moroccan, and Jewish, filmmaker, Ari A. Cohen’s journey to taste some of the best falafel incurs the tales, the history, and the soul impact connected to this humble sandwich.

The story of the falafel dates back to biblical times, where traces of mashed chickpeas have been found in the tombs of pharaohs. Throughout Falafelism this popular meal serves as a window into the cultural identity of the Middle East by introducing us to people who are connected to falafel in one way or another. Whether they are hungry eaters, street vendors, food critics, musicians or academics the falafel presents a unique approach to the notion of peace building and shared values.

“I set out to devour the best falafel and along the way discovered nations that gave birth to it, argued over it and shared the love for it,” commented Ari A. Cohen, creator of Falalfelism. After a few hundred bites, it became less about food and more about cultural identity, international politics, and even, a dialogue for peace.”

Falafelism (English with Arabic subtitles)

Can the world come together over a sandwich? In a witty and poignant take, Falafelism examines the true depth and potential of this humble sandwich and its role as a doorway to greater cultural similarities.

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