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Sold Out Now: Film Festival: "Himself he Cooks" Plus Bhangra Party with DJ Rekha

Himself He Cooks

Valérie Berteau and Philippe Witjes
2011 | 65 mins | India, Belgium

Tons of colorful fruits and rice, giant cooking-pots, anonymous volunteers moving in unison to feed the visitors: we observe a langar, the Sikh tradition of a common canteen where all are served for free regardless of their background. Set in the Golden Temple of Amritsar, a prominent place of Sikh worship, this beautiful, wordless film captures the spontaneous choreography of hundreds of people preparing tens of thousands of meals a day to reveal the unique face of this sacred place.  Himself He Cooks is at once a striking visual essay, offering insights into the meaning of charity and philanthropy, and a profound meditation on food as the nexus of culture, nature, and human necessity.


Co-presented by Asia Society and  Flanders House

This film will be followed by a reception and dance party in the Cullman Hall of the Universe with DJ Rekha. Admission is free with a 2012 Mead ticket stub.


Whose Story Is It?

"The film is the story of a kitchen, the story of thousands of people working and sharing together. It is the story of people far away but it could be ours. Could it be? Somehow, this film and, I believe, documentaries, question that: How could other people's behaviors and traditions influence our ways of life? How do we learn from others?"

-Valérie Berteau | Director, Himself He Cooks


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  • sonia

    thx jasleen

    November 26, 2012

  • krisv

    A quick ques. Can we buy tickets at the door?


    November 21, 2012

    • Jasmine

      Mid-October–December 2
      Tickets may be purchased during Museum hours at the Advance Group Sales desk in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda (Central Park West at 79th Street entrance) and at the Rose Center for Earth and Space (81st Street entrance).

      Tickets may be purchased one hour prior to show time at the 77th Street entrance only, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

      November 21, 2012

  • sonia

    hi everybody

    November 17, 2012

    • Jasmine

      Hi Sonia, welcome to the group!

      November 17, 2012

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