On Saturday, September 2, 2017 there will be a film screening of the documentary, The Path of Stone Soup, at Flamingo Cultural Center (6:00pm). The co-director of the film, Sarah Borealis, will be there to answer any questions from curious viewers. This documentary has been featured at numerous film festivals in different countries, South Africa, India and France, to name a few. The Path of Stone Soup tells the story of a pre-Hispanic recipe that lives on thanks to the deep-rooted symbolic value it holds for the Gachupin Velasco family, who have fought to preserve it, reinvent it and share it as a means of honoring and savoring their most cherished ritual. Here is some more info about the film:
HISTORY OF THE PROJECT
In 2010 historian and producer Sarah Borealis traveled to the Mexican state of Oaxaca while conducting fieldwork. Along the way she visited the family restaurant owned and operated by the Gachupin family, where she tasted Stone Soup for the first time. This unique dish, prepared with organic herbs and freshwater seafood cooked to perfection using red hot stones, captured her attention as it reminded her of a fable from her childhood. Due to this transformative experience, she decided that her next project would be to investigate the origins of the delicious dish. Don Cesar Gachupin de Dios, the patriarch attending the restaurant, consulted with the rest of his family and together they began planning a type of pilgrimage that would take them all back to the roots of their ancestral soup. As pre-production unfolded, Borealis contacted the Mexico City based production company Aberracion Optica to assist in the project’s development. With director, producer and photographer Arturo Juárez Aguilar at the helm, the international team worked together to give the project a cinematic narrative. This docu-legend introduces a culinary treasure that sustains the harmony of an unforgettable indigenous culture while transmitting it to the world with red-hot intensity.
This docu-legend is a co-production of Aberracion Optica, Banda Ancha Productions, and Caldo de Piedra Unico en el Mundo.
POINT OF VIEW
Oaxaca is one of the Mexican states with the most diverse representation of indigenous cultures and dialects. This diversity enriches all local traditions; in this case the focus falls on a culinary ritual from the Oaxacan highlands, which draws upon an abundance of natural resources. The Chinantla is the birthplace of many prehispanic cultures. Even today the region is inhabited by the heirs of these ancient people, who maintain and nurture their roots as a bridge between their local traditions and the outside world. This is the story of stone soup, a nourishing dish that has survived due to the perseverance of families in the village of San Felipe Usila such as the Gachupin Velasco family and their regional council of elders, through whom the millennial recipe has been transmitted as a gift from the ancestors. Men are the only ones who prepare stone soup, which they offer in honor of the women, children, and elderly of the village; it is also prepared to welcome guests held in high esteem. In this way, The Path of Stone Soup becomes a means of transmitting both ideological flavor and native language from generation to generation.
About Sarah Borealis
Sarah Borealis is a visual historian who completed a Ph.D. in Latin American History at Tulane University and a certificate in film editing from New York University. In 2010, she co-founded Banda Ancha Productions and currently produces independent documentaries and cultural events. Her documentaries have been screened at the Juan B. Ambrosetti Museum of Ethnography in Buenos Aires, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC) at Mexico City’s UNAM, and her work has been featured on the Travel Channel, the Journal of Video Ethnography and National Geographic online.