'Amaro is a film that brings to life the narrative of Sicilian food and culture through the exploration of a single taste: bitter.'
This week my friend Fabrizia Lanza, director of the Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School in Sicily, together with film-maker Leandro Picarella, turned to Kickstarter to help raise funds 'to continue to expand and share stories of Sicilian food and culture with the world'.
"Amaro is the story of the complexity of food culture in Sicily. The film delves into the island's gastronomic history, highlights present day culinary traditions, and follows the hands and hearts of a people who have embraced the most remote, least valued, and often disregarded taste: bitterness. It follows the Good Friday ceremony, an event in the small town of Caltanisetta where local foragers transform from marginalized to celebrated as they lead the town's celebratory procession. The film takes us from the streets and fields into the homes of Sicilian locals. In the kitchen, bitterness plays a leading role in food alchemy... from honeys to cheeses, and sautéed cardoons with anchovies to risotto with wild asparagus, bitterness serves to elevate the other tastes we sometimes take for granted and brings us back to our roots: of the land, of the culture, and of tradition. From field to fork, Amaro follows a flavour that has helped shape the Sicilian food identity."
Having spent time living and working on the special little island that lies just off the toe of Italy's boot; I am incredibly passionate about Sicily and its food culture and identity -- you can watch the very beautiful trailer and learn more about the Kickstarter campaign here.