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2021 Virtual Summer Film Festival Lineup

Jun 9 2021

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Join us from the comfort of your home as we watch seven films from around the world that focus on the theme “Feeding Your Soul.”  

The annual SGS summer film festival kicks off on Wednesday, July 14 and will run most Wednesdays until September 8. 

Watch the film from home at a time that works for your schedule, then join us on Zoom for a post-screening discussion on the dates listed below. Viewing options and Zoom links will be sent with RSVP. Some movies may require a fee to view.

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

July 14

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Directed by David Gelb (Japan, USA, 2012)

Japanese sushi chef Jiro Ono's 10-seat restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station attracts visitors from around the globe. View the trailer.

Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies

RSVP here


July 21


Directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade (Brazil, USA, 2019)

Abe is a 12-year-old boy from Brooklyn who cooks to unite his half Israeli and half Palestinian family, but everything goes wrong. View the trailer.

Sponsored by the the Taube Center for Jewish Studies

RSVP here

July 28

Café com Canela

Directed by Ary Rosa and Glenda Nicácio (Brazil, 2017)

Five friends drink beer and chat at Violeta's house. Bit by bit, their stories of love, loss, and suffering are told, revealing the acts of love and friendship that helped them through their hardest times of their lives. View the trailer.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies

RSVP here

August 11

Café Transit

Directed by Kambuzia Partovi (Iran, 2005)

In a village near Iran's border with Turkey, Reyhan, a young woman with two children, faces a difficult choice when her husband dies. Instead of marrying her brother-in-law, as required by traditional law, she chooses to support her family by reopening her late husband's restaurant. View the trailer.

Sponsored by the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies

RSVP here


August 25


Directed by Bhaskar Hazarika (India, 2019)

Two chaste lovers bow down to social taboos and repress their feelings, but doing so pushes them towards a horrific crime. View the trailer.

Sponsored by the Center for South Asia

RSVP here


September 1


Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov (Macedonia, 2019)

Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. View the trailer.

Sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies

RSVP here

La Graine et Le Mulet

September 8

CANCELED: La Graine et Le Mulet

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche (France, 2007) 

In southern France, a Franco-Arabic shipyard worker along with his partner's daughter pursues his dream of opening a restaurant. View the trailer.

Sponsored by the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

The post-screening discussion has been canceled.