Awara Soup

  • Bouillon d'Awara (Le)
Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv, History/society
Year of production : 1996
Format : Feature
Running time : 70 (in minutes)

César Paes asimila el caldo de Awara, plato típico rico en ingredientes, servido el domingo de Pascua, a una metáfora sobre la muy mestizada sociedad de la Guayana francesa, donde se mezclan diversas culturas del mundo entero. El relato de uno de sus platos típicos por cada comunidad representa una lección de vida de los habitantes de Mana que aporta una nueva mirada sobre las cuestiones de inmigración, de integración y de mestizaje.


César Paes thinks of Awara Broth, a rich, traditional dish served on Easter Sunday, as a metaphor for Guyanese society, a very mixed society made up of cultures from all over the world. People from the Mana's various communities explain their attitude to the dish, bringing us a new and very human perspective on the questions of immigration, integration and cross-cultural relations.

The awara soup is a kind of stew containing all sorts of ingredients from French Guiana. People say that if someone eats that dish on Easter, he's sure never to leave Guiana. Using the cooking of this dish as starting point, the film explores the multicultural reality composing this French overseas region. Americian Indians, Europeans, Slave descendents, Laotians, Chinese, Brazilians, Surinamese, tell us how they're bringing new flavours to the Guianese stew of identities.

"un film généreux" Hors Champ

director: Cesar Paes
script: Marie Clémence et César Paes
music: Nikko
photography: Cesar Paes
editing: Agnès Contensou
producer: Marie-Clémence Paes
sound: Bernard Oses
sound mixing: Philippe Gueugnon

runing time: 70 minutes
format: 35 mm
ratio: 1:66
year of production: 1996

original languages:
available subtitles:

production: Laterit productions
co-produced by: Cobra Films, ORSTOM, Carré Noir RTBF and ARTE

Wednesday 21 January 2009
7èmes RENCONTRES"Regards croisés" in Bourg-Saint-Andeol (France)


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