Theater of Life debuts in Montreal with a rich program of cultural initiatives

Unlike many movie premieres who host a simple first screening, the documentary on Refettorio Ambrosiano will be launched with a series of interactive events. From May, the 25th to the 29th, it will gather inside the Phi- Centre a photographic exhibition, a lecture, culinary demos and even gastronomic dinners, all focused on food waste.

Canada will be the first country to screen the documentary Theater of Life. The director Peter Svatek and the Canadian National Film Board selected the Phi Centre in Montreal as the ideal place to host the avant-premiere of the film based on the story of Refettorio Ambrosiano in Milan and those of several guests welcomed in the soup kitchen. An evident proof of how culture can be created even from food waste.

Phi Centre is more than a place where to watch movies and shows: it is a focal point for multidisciplinary arts. Its aim is to converge ideas so to let contaminations bloom. That’s the reason why it suited well to launch the documentary and get a deeper look into the Food for Soul mission. Culinary demos and a gala dinner based on the anti-waste principles of the organization will be hosted by chef Massimo Bottura.

Because of the global extension of the issue, other chefs from different countries will also join the Theater of Life activities. David Hawksworth and Antonio Park -two renowned Canadian cooks- will host culinary demonstrations. Additionally, Enrique Olvera will lead from Mexico to Montreal to cook a second gala dinner in collaboration with a couple of esteemed locals: chef John Winter Russell and pastry chef Patrice Demers.

On the 25th, Mitchell Davis, vice-president of the James Beard Foundation, will moderate a conference with Winter Russell, chef Jeremy Charles – who both cooked as guests chefs at the Refettorio Ambrosiano in October 2015-, Bottura himself, Antonio Park and Jean-Francois Archambault, founder of La Tablée des Chefs.

We can only imagine what will come out of such a think tank. It will certainly widen the perspectives of the work that we as Food for Soul are constantly conducting. In the same way, Theater of Life will help us empower our mission by recalling where everything has started.

“Theater of life” trailer