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A colorful truck weaves through winding mountain roads, two people sit on its roof observing the passing scenery.

Food Roots

  •   Michele Josue
  •   United States, Philippines

Emmy Award-winning Chicago Restaurateur Billy Dec adventures through his mother’s native 7,641 Islands of the Philippines to learn recipes from his last living elders, confronting culinary and cultural treasures and family secrets.

Food Roots gives viewers the opportunity to accompany Dec by plane, boat, motorcycle, jeepney, and foot, as he searches through bustling metropolitan cities, tiny remote islands, and hidden cloud-scraping mountain villages to find his family members. He climbs a mountain to meet with a 103-year-old tribal tattoo master, where she blesses him with a tattoo related to his ancestral connection. Through the ups and downs of the trip, Dec gains a deeper understanding of his family history, along with an elevated appreciation for how food has shaped their view of the world.

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Subject Billy Dec, director Michele Josue, cinematographer Julian Rodriguez, and producers Doug Blush and producer Mike McNamara


Documentary Program Sponsors

Logo: WTTW (2019)Cynthia Stone Raskin

Film Sponsor

Logo: The Seeker 210x75

Accessibility Partner

logo: Periscope Post & Audio 308x100

Event Information

Thursday, October 19, 2023

  •   59 minutes
1500 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60610 United States



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