SFA films document the lives of foodways practitioners, including cooks, farmers, waiters, and a wide range of other folk.
An Asheville, North Carolina, native, Hanan Shabazz has long fostered local food movements and nurtured the political, social, and cultural power of Black foodways. In the 1970s, she owned and ran Hanan Shabazz Restaurant on Eagle Street in Asheville. Shabazz now works with a new generation of Asheville cooks at Southside Kitchen, a project of the not-for-profit Green Opportunities, which trains, supports, and connects marginalized communities to sustainable employment pathways. Hanan Shabazz is the 2020 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award winner. Film by Joe York.
Drawing on a two-decade track record in the hospitality business, a sociology degree from the University of Chicago, and a drive to make equity-fueled progress, 2020 Egerton Prize Winner Ashtin Berry of New Orleans, LA, changes the way people think about hospitality. A sommelier, bartender, educator, and activist, Berry founded RadicalxChange, a content agency that places marginalized people at the center of hospitality work. Film by Zaire Love.
See how Juneteenth is celebrated in Natchez, Mississippi, following three generations of Black women who carry on the tradition of sharing recipes orally rather than via written instructions.
This film is by Kat Hernandez, a writer, video storyteller, and graduate journalism student at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism in New York City. She has worked with food as both a pastry chef and food journalist, and was a 2019 SFA summer film intern. Kat aspires to tell stories about the complex history and relationships individuals and communities have with food.