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Anatomy of a Springroll

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Filmakers Library
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 56 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1992
Available in French: No

This dazzling film is a gigantic stir-fry of savory images - the filmmaker Paul Kwan and his mother cooking in his San Francisco kitchen, street vendors simmering their soups, bustling markets piled with peppers, cilantro, and chilis. In North America, cooking is often a solitary experience, but in Vietnam, Paul's birthplace, it is a family affair, with everyone cutting, chopping and stirring while chatting. “Food is everyone's first language,” says Paul as he tells his story of finding a new life in America.

Awards: Special Jury Award National Educational Film and Video Festival