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Dal Puri Diaspora

This documentary tracks dal puri’s remarkable passage across space and time, linking colonialism, migration and the globalization of tastes.

The recipe for dal puri traveled with indentured workers from India’s Gangetic plain to southern Caribbean colonies of Britain and the Netherlands in the 19th Century. In the 1960s the wrapped roti migrated from Trinidad to North America, where it is known as Caribbean or West Indian roti and is popular in cities like New York and Toronto. As the dish moved from home fire to street stall to restaurant chain, and from festival to fast food, the flatbread was radically transformed in ingredients, cooking method, ways of eating and identity. Shot in Toronto, Trinidad and India, this documentary tracks dal puri’s remarkable passage across space and time, linking colonialism, migration and the globalization of tastes. The documentary features interviews with leading food writers and scholars including Pushpesh Pant, Naomi Duguid, Brinsley Samaroo, Radhika Mongia and Patricia Mohammed.

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Dal Puri Diaspora (2012)

Feature (80mins) Documentary Historical

Region:

Canada, Trinidad and Tobago

Language:

English | Bhojpuri with English subtitles

Rating:

All Ages

Director(s):

Richard Fung

Writer(s):

Richard Fung


Richard Fung

Richard Fung

Based in Toronto, the Trinidad-born Richard Fung is a video artist and cultural critic whose work deals with the issues of race, queer sexuality, post-colonialism, diaspora and family. He teaches at OCAD University.

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