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All in This Tea
Cinema Arts Centre
Huntington, NY
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All in This Tea
LET'S EAT: Films on Food
Co-Presented by Slow Food Huntington

Live via Skype: World-renowned Tea Expert DAVID LEE HOFFMAN

Tea Tasting by The Tea Plant (www.theteaplant.com)

The latest film from distinguished documentarian Les Blank, in collaboration with co-director Gina Leibrecht, follows American tea importer David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the world's finest teas. Hoffman is obsessed; during his youth he spent four years with Tibetan monks in Nepal, which included a friendship with the Dalai Lama, and was introduced to some of the finest of teas. Unable to find anything but insipid tea bags in the U.S., Hoffman began traveling to China, the homeland of tea. There, he struggles against language barriers and Byzantine business codes to convince the Chinese that the farmers make better tea than the factories and that their craft should be honored and preserved. This craft cannot be learned from a book, but has been handed down through generations of tea makers for thousands of years. He drags the reluctant tea factory aficionados up a lush, terraced mountainside and brings them face to face with those "dirty" farmers. In an ironic twist, Hoffman reintroduces them to one of their country's oldest traditions. But Hoffman is even a step ahead of his own country in that he is advocating "fair trade" and organics. Images of the farmers standing on urban street corners selling a week's harvest for three dollars, in the shadow of China's increasing number of high rises, illustrate the paradox that stepping into the modern world imposes. Tea experts James Norwood Pratt, Gaetano Kazuo Maida, and Winnie W. Yu provide the fundamentals of tea, lending weight to Hoffman's endeavor. (USA, 2008, 70 min., color, DVD)

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Cinema Arts Centre (View)
423 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
United States


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Film > Movies
Food > Markets & Farms
Food > Other

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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