A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
The Greek diet is one of the healthiest in the world... but how can food so healthy still taste so good? This film invites you to join restaurant-owner Angela May as she travels all across Greece trying to answer that very question. Not an easy trip. Determined to keep her mind open to as many Grecian traditions, recipes, and customs as possible, she first chases sheep for dinner with some burly shepherd men who relish direct consumption of body parts that most people would securely list as completely inedible. Then she cools off in the shade of the world’s oldest olive tree (no severe hardship there). Then she kills a live octopus by slicing a bone between its eyes—with her teeth! For a fan of the highly sentient octopus (like me), that last scene is hugely problematic for two reasons: first, host Angela’s reluctant brutality to the octopus, and second, her facial expressions, which read to a few of us as the face of someone who is not a brutal person, but is being coerced by a very macho Greek water guide. How much to “when in Rome, do like the Romans?” Judge for yourself! Between outings, Angela spends time in outdoor kitchens with Greek cooks preparing some of the country’s favorite meals from scratch. In this Planet Food episode, food is the window into a country’s heart, its people (and much, much more). Whether you’re more interested in cooking or eating or the ethical hazards of travel, you will certainly be surprised -and possibly revolted by this food-centered film. Be forewarned!
Produced by Pilot Film & TV Productions
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