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7 New Episodes of Grandmas Project

After a first run of 13 episodes, produced and released between 2015 and 2019, Grandmas Project is proud to announce the upcoming web release of 7 new films.

Grandmas Project is a collaborative web-series inviting filmmakers around the world to make a short film (8 minutes) on their own grandmother, using the transmission of a beloved recipe to explore their relationship and their family’s heritage.

In 2016, Grandmas Project received UNESCO’s patronage for its work “raising awareness among the general public to the intangible cultural heritage through digital means”.

These 7 new films are all directed by women, living or coming from Algeria, France, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Spain and Turkey. Their projects were selected through an open call launched in late 2019, among 115 applications from all over the world.

The jurors – Elise Mc Cave (head of films at Kickstarter, USA), Lixin Fan (Emmy-winning director, China), Camille Labro (journalist and food educator, France) and Kamal Mouzawak (food activist, Lebanon) – have paid attention to the originality and diversity of the proposals. They also made their decision based on the personality of the filmmakers’ grandma as well as the narrative relevance of the recipes.

Each selected filmmaker has a singular style and professional journey.

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Zeynep Dilara (Turkey), director of Şile, is a wonderful representative of Turkey’s new cinema. Her filmmaking style combines intensity, poetry and humour.
Her film’s keywords: wisdom, womanhood, comfortfood.
Carmen Aumedes (Spain), director of Conejo Borracho, is an emerging talent who directed both fiction and documentary shorts.
Her film’s keywords: sexuality, drunkeness, independence.
Paula Onet (Romania), director of Sarmale, is an experienced documentary filmmaker and film activist. She masterfully crafts stories and cinematography.
Her film’s keywords: mariage, veganism, tupperwares.
Anissa Kaki (France, Algeria), director of Mahjouba, is an actress, theatre director and filmmaker. She excels at straight-forward, minimalist documentary filmmaking.
Her film’s keywords: motherhood, ancestry, cheekiness.
Lola Bessis (France, Italy), director of Minestra di Verdure, has rapidly gained recognition with her first feature, Swim Little Fish Swim, which premiered at SXSW international festival. She will direct her second US-located feature this Fall.
Her film’s keywords: feminism, dating, youthfulness.
Mélody Da Fonseca (France, Spain), director of Tortilla de Patatas, is a motion designer and illustrator. She used her skills to enrich her debut documentary as part of this webseries.
Her film’s keywords: migration, rurality, nostalgia
Mila Turajlic (Serbia), director of Moscow Cake, is a multi-awarded filmmaker (IDFA, TIFF). Her films, including this one, “convoque” the history of the Balkans in a very personal manner.
Her film’s keywords: war, baking, survival.

These 7 new films and recipes (including instructions) will be released with French, English and Spanish subtitles, every other week, starting October 5th, on Grandmas Project website, social media and YouTube channels.

All films have been produced by Chaï Chaï, a film production and creative agency based in Paris. They have been financed thanks to a Kickstarter campaign in 2019 as well as partnership from three French organisations: La Ruche qui dit Oui, a farmer-to-customer service ; Les Petits Frères des Pauvres, an NGO fighting against elderly’s isolation and poverty; Harmonie Mutuelle, an insurance company.

Release dates:

October 5th, Şile by Zeynep Dilara
October 19th, Conejo Borracho by Carmen Aumedes
November 2nd, Sarmale cu ciuperci by Paula Onet
November 16th, Mahjouba by Anissa Kaki
November 30th, Minestra di Verdure by Lola Bessis
December 14th, Tortilla de Patatas by Mélody Da Fonseca
December 28th, Moscow Cake by Mila Turajlic

Previous films selection include:
Meatballs Couscous, by Laure Protat (France) – HotDocs 2018
Sindi Kadhi, by Natasha Raheja (India) – FIPADOC 2019

Previous jurors (2016 open call) include:
Alexa Karolinski (Canada), director of Oma & Bella (Berlinale 2012), creator of Unorthodox
Cécile Duvelle (France), former head of UNESCO’s Intangible Culture Heritage program.
Charlie Phillips (UK), former head of documentaries at The Guardian.
Kristen Miglore (USA), artistic director of Food52.

Previous media coverage include:
RTBF (Belgium) ; O Globo, A Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil) ; SBS (Canada) ; Le Monde,
France Inter, Canal Plus, Europe 1, Télérama, France 2, France 3, France 5, BFM TV,
L’Express (France) ; The Hindustan Times, The Bangalore Mirror (India) ; Newsweek, The
Atlantic (USA).

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