Monday, March 08, 2010

Binamban "The Glorious Food of Lagonoy" (short film)

chicken a la carteThe short film 'Binamban' (2006) by Ferdinand Dimadura won top prize at the Torino Short Film Festival organized by the Slow Food Movement and the Berlinale Talent Campus back in 2006.

Here is a synopsis of the film:

BINAMBAN is a food made from wild grains mixed with coconut meat and sugar. It is endemic in the town of Lagonoy. What gives this food its unique flavor and taste is the wrapping from a wild leaf called Hagikhik. A food community from Santa Maria of that particular town manufactures BINAMBAN. One enterprising businessman (and businesswoman) wanted to commercialize Binamban's manufacture. But then they realized that in doing so - they would teach these simple folks greed and the commercialization of Binamban would surely lead to their demise.

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