Gefilte Fish (1984)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Sociology  |   Run Time - 15 min.  |  
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Part instructional, part allegorical this is a chronicle of Jewish-American life. Filmmaker Karen Silverstein captures three generations of women talking about, and demonstrating how they make gefilte fish. Made for generations by Eastern European Jews, gefilte fish was a delicacy reserved for holidays and special occasions. Because many were poor, the foods these Jews tended to make were simple and consisted of inexpensive ingredients. In this short documentary, the recipes and traditions are explained by women of different generations, who, despite varying degrees of technology and tradition, see family and heritage as central to their lives.



cultural-traditions, Jewish, recipe