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Review: Breaking Bread

Two Israeli chefs eating a meal in the documentary Breaking Bread
Photo courtesy of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival

I've always loved cooking shows. It's where my love for cooking began. I remember when I was little I used to watch Wok with Yan and Pasquale's Kitchen Express and was mesmerized by the food and talent of the chefs. When the Food Network launched in Canada when I was in high school, I begged my parents to get better cable so I could binge-watch cooking shows. I love learning new recipes and techniques and about different cultures.

Breaking Bread documents the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, founded by Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Arab Muslim winner of MasterChef Israel. The festival brings Jewish and Arab chefs together to transform traditional dishes in the Israeli city of Haifa. After dealing with decades of unrest and division in Israel, Breaking Bread shows how something as universal as a love for food can unite people.

The documentary comes at a time when people around the world are calling for social change and shows what can happen you set aside politics or religious views and focus on a common good.

The Canadian premiere of Breaking Bread will take place on Oct. 23-24, 2020 at this year's Toronto Jewish Film Festival. The online festival runs from Oct. 22 to Nov. 1, 2020. For more information about the film festival and to purchase tickets go to

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