Friday, September 29th, 2017 7:30 pm

Canyon Theater, Boulder Public Library

Directed, Filmed, and Edited By: Mattia Sacco Botto

2017, USA, English/Chinese, 82 minutes

Film Series: A Journey Through the People’s Republic of Fermentation 

Mara King, co-founder and COO of Ozuke (also one of two main film protagonists, the other is James Beard Award-winning fermented food expert Sandor Katz) will be introducing the picture and taking you on a culinary journey through film! King will introduce our feature film– A Journey Through The People’s Republic of Fermentation. This is a series of eight short films that pertain to different aspects of culinary cuisine. There will be a demo and short tasting that King will host after the fourth film. After the films are complete, there will be a Q&A panel discussion, where you’ll get a chance to interact with the speakers and other members of your film and foodie community.

A Journey Through the People’s Republic of Fermentation, is a series of short films that follow renowned fermented food author Sandor Katz and Mara King, co-founder of Ozuke, as they learn about fermented food traditions in Southwestern China. Fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz has written two books and traveled all over the world studying and sharing knowledge of a multitude of fermentation traditions but until recently had never been to China.

Even though historical evidence points to China as the birthplace of all things fermented (such as soy sauce, kimchi, and rice wine) there is very little literature about China’s diverse fermented food traditions that has been translated into the English language. China has been difficult for Sandor to access, both in terms of language, cultural traditions, and geography. This changed when he met Mara and Mattia.  

Mara King, a chef and fermentation professional at Ozuke, was born and raised in Hong Kong. Film maker Mattia Sacco Botto is an Italian native with ties to the Slow Food movement, strong Mandarin language skills, and experience producing food TV shows for CCTV. Armed with Mara’s home grown knowledge of Chinese food traditions and a working knowledge of the Chinese language, the trio joined forces and set off together on an adventure to eat lots of amazing things, cook with locals, and learn as much as they could about the fermentation traditions of Southwestern China. A Journey Through the People’s Republic of Fermentation documents their journey.

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