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Milwaukee Film Festival's 'Film Feast' series returns with a tasty selection of flicks

In this episode of This Bites, we talked about the movies that are part of Milwaukee Film Festival's "Film Feast" series, Trouble Makers Cocina upcoming food truck, a dinner and drink event at Cavas and a new food experience coming to American Family Field this summer.

Earlier this week, Milwaukee Film announced the lineup for this year's festival including the films for the "Film Feast" series. This year's lineup is impressive and includes films about Black-owned breweries, wine tasting, World Central Kitchen and more. The Milwaukee Film Festival takes place April 21 to May 5. Details and tickets can be found on their website. Here is the full lineup.

" Blind Ambition" Australia / 2021 / 96 min / English, Shona, French with English subtitles

In South Africa, four men who left Zimbabwe in search of a better life discover a love of wine and form the first-ever Zimbabwean team to compete in The World Wine Blind Tasting Championships – the Olympics of the wine world. We follow them through training and the competition itself, where they must sample twelve different wines and guess the country, winery, and vintage (against mostly European teams). "Blind Ambition" is an inspiring look at this unlikely team whose connection extends far beyond wine.

" Breaking Bread" United States, Israel / 2020 / 85 min / English 

"Breaking Bread" follows Arab and Jewish chefs in Haifa, Israel as they collaborate to produce the A-Sham Arabic Food Festival, sharing the recipes, techniques, stories, and traditions that ultimately unite the region. Connected through a shared love of food, the chefs collaborate to celebrate their cultures and the food of their region, free from political and religious boundaries.

" One Pint at a Time" United States / 2021 / 88 min / English 

Wisconsin audiences can always benefit from history that will leave them intellectually nourished while thirsting for a beer, and Aaron Hosé "One Pint at a Time" is a film that delivers. While only 1% of craft breweries are Black-owned–including People's Brewery, which was once located in Wisconsin – this documentary tells the stories behind the statistics and highlights the entrepreneurs shifting the perception of not only who drinks beer, but who makes it. 

" Peace By Chocolate" Canada / 2022 / 96 min / English, Arabic with English subtitles 

After the bombing of his father's chocolate factory, a charming young Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between following his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family's chocolate-making legacy. Based on a true story, "Peace by Chocolate" balances culture shock with kindness from good hearted neighbors to tell a tale that will warm your heart as much as it will tantalize your taste buds.

" The Automat" United States / 2021 / 79 min / English PRECEDED BY: "A Slice So Nice" | Dir. Arthur Nienhuis

Iconic, elegant, and populist all at once, the Automat revolutionized American dining a century ago. An eclectic mix of urbanites inserted nickels into slots, and a slice of lemon meringue pie or creamed spinach magically appeared. Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner and others pay effusive tribute in interviews which, alongside a collage of rare artifacts, images, and memorabilia, create a love letter to this marvel of food technology and social unity.

" The Pursuit of Perfection" Japan / 2021 / 79 min / Japanese with English subtitles 

"The Pursuit of Perfection" follows four leading chefs in Japan as they relentlessly work to pursue their dreams and perfect their cuisine. From practitioners of the kaiseki tradition to innovative molecular gastronomy and pastry, to French classical cuisine from a former Iron Chef, this film displays the diversity of Tokyo's food scene and a shared dedication to the art and craft of cooking.

" We Feed People" United States / 2022 / 89 min / English 

"We Feed People" spotlights renowned chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen in its incredible mission and evolution over 12 years, from a scrappy group of grassroots volunteers to becoming one of the most highly regarded humanitarian aid organizations in the disaster relief sector. A deep look at how food can unite and heal, this film will inspire you to take action in your own life.

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