Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Breaking Bread


Year: 2020
Country: USA, ISRAEL
Run Time: 85 minutes

Breaking Bread
Breaking Bread
Breaking Bread
Breaking Bread

The city of Haifa has long served as a model of coexistence in Israel, where diverse populations of Arabs and Jews have lived, worked, and eaten together for generations. A prime example of Haifa’s cultural harmony is seen in its A-Sham Food Festival. Founded by Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef, the festival pairs Arab and Jewish chefs to collaborate on delectable dishes. As the chefs work side-by-side to transform and preserve traditional recipes, they draw tens of thousands of food lovers into the city. A delightful and inspiring documentary, BREAKING BREAD follows the chefs of A-Sham through their unique culinary journeys as they celebrate their respective cultural heritages and their passion for food. A breath of fresh air, BREAKING BREAD intimately captures the magic that happens when we focus on what brings us together, rather than our differences. At the A-Sham Food Festival, there is no room for religion or politics in the kitchen. (In English and Hebrew with subtitles) — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 6:20 PM ET

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 1:45 PM ET

Cedar Lee Theatre 1

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 4:15 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Jewish & Israeli Visions
Voices of the Arab World

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Beth Elise Hawk

Beth Elise Hawk

Ofer Ben Yehuda

Jonty Fine

Print Source

Film Sponsors

Kent State University Jewish Studies Program


Media Partners

Edible Cleveland

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