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International Food and Film Festival

For most, it started out as just another one of those quiet Tuesday afternoons – lunch, afternoon classes, and maybe a trip down to the T.I.  In the kitchen of the Commons, however, it was quite a different story.  A dozen or so Hampden-Sydney international students were chopping away in preparation for the club’s biggest event of the semester – the International Food and Film Festival.  A delicious aroma of spices filled the air as the students bustled around stirring, grilling, frying, seasoning, jerking, and mashing their respective cuisines.

As 6:00PM quickly approached the group moved all the food up to the Chairman’s Room where an anxious crowd of students, professors, and staff swarmed in.  After Benjamin Brown ’10, president of the International Club, opened the event with a few short remarks, the hungry and curious attendees flocked the buffet. Asian dishes included Nepali Chicken Curry prepared by Mohit Shrestha ’11 ([pictured above), Chinese Kung-Pao Chicken by Tian Shihao ’12 and Ke Shang ’13, and Garlic Fried Shrimp by Burma’s Nay Min Oo ’12.  Western dishes included Irish Bangers and Mash by Lorcan Duffy, a special student fron Ireland, and Currywurst cooked by German students Arne Ulbrich ’11 and Hendrik Ziller ’11.  The famous Caribbean Jerk Chicken was also prepared by our Jamaican students Osric Forrest ’13 and Basil Panton ’11.

Everyone had plenty of time to revisit the buffet before settling down for the second part of the event – the showing of Catch a Fire. The movie, featuring Derek Luke and Tim Robins, tells the real-life story of Patrick Chamusso – a black South African oil refinery foreman whose encounter and interrogation by a cruel investigator, played by Robins, convinces him to abandon his family and fight against the oppressive apartheid regimen.  Aside from telling an emotional and suspenseful story, the movie also gave a very insightful take on the cultural, racial, and political state of South Africa in the 1980s, under the Apartheid regime.  At the end of the film, Dr. Monwabisi Gantsho, an international visiting scholar from South Africa, who attended the event with his wife Moloko Ramashala-Gantsho, commented on the movie and the familiarity of watching it from South African eyes.

The International Club thanks the more than 60 people who attended and took part in the festival; it was a great turnout.  Many thanks also to the dining hall staff for providing the club with cooking materials and graciously sharing their work space while simultaneously serving dinner to the student body.  We appreciate it! And, of course, hats off to the cooks and members of the International Club who invested so much time and energy in what turned out to be a very successful evening.  Well done!

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