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Preserving the Heritage of Egypt's Jews Through Recipes

Jun 07, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Jonas Parienté

The filmmaker Jonas Parienté’s grandmother, who he fondly calls “Nano,” was born in Egypt and lived there until 1956. She left after many Jews were expelled from Egypt after the 1948 war with Israel and the subsequent Suez crisis a few years later. In this short film, she teaches her grandson how to make “molokheya,” a traditional Egyptian dish. “Nano’s cooking is my only tangible link with Egypt,” Parienté says. “Her accent, her anecdotes, [and] the ingredients she uses make me travel to an imaginary Cairo.”

This is the fourth in a series of short films from Grandmas Project, a collaborative web series under the patronage of UNESCO that shares the stories and recipes of grandmas around the world, filmed by their grandchildren. If you are interested in contributing your own film to the series, you can apply here. For more videos and recipes, visit their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

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Author: Nadine Ajaka

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A showcase of cinematic short documentary films, curated by The Atlantic.