Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Soy Andina: The Peru Food Connection

Soy Andina is a documentary, "the dazzling story of two New York women raised in different worlds, an immigrant folk dancer from the Andes and a modern dancer from Queens who return to Peru in search of roots and dance." Still in post-production, the film has many people eagerly waiting for distribution, myself included.

The story is simple, yet moving:

"After 15 years in New York, Nelida Silva returns to her birthplace in the Andes to fulfill a lifelong dream and host (her village's annual fiesta) -- an astonishing week of dance, music, and ritual. But Nelida has changed, and so has the village. What is it like to go back to the Andes when you've become a New Yorker?

Two years later: Cynthia Paniagua, a dancer raised in Queens by a Peruvian mom, embarks on her own Peruvian journey after meeting Nelida determined to "quench a burning desire to know the real Peru, to unearth the mystery of the dances." Does she find what she's looking for?"

Of course, you have to see the movie to find out the answer.

A few days back, I received an e-mail from the filmmaker, Mitch Teplitsky, who told me that he has been a regular visitor to this blog, and had listed Peru Food as one of his favorite blogs in English about Peru. I was beyond flattered. And, ironically, I had been visiting his website regularly, waiting to find out when Soy Andina will finally be released.

As a child, Mitch lived in Peru. He has known Nelida Silva for the last 15 years. And like many others, he is a dedicated fan of Peruvian cuisine.

Mitch Tiplitsky getting ready to sample some Peru Food.

Visit the Soy Andina website and Mitch's weblog to find out more about this extraordinary project.

Click here for the Peru Food main page.

TAGS: Peru, Peruvian, food, cooking, cuisine, cocina, comida, gastronomía, peruana


Luis Colan said...

I can't wait to see this film...thanks for posting this on your blog. A good way for a fellow Peruvian to keep conected to our culture.


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Anonymous said...

Hey nice ive been looking at studying peruvian culture some really interesting stuff. This film should be a really good resource..thanks for the info

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::Alejandro:: said...

I, too, can't wait to see this film. I hope it garners great acclaim.