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Chef Ethan Lim and his mother work in the kitchen together.

Ethan Lim: Cambodian Futures [short film]

  Dustin Nakao-Haider

  United States     17 minutes


A finely observed portrait of celebrated Chicago chef Ethan Lim as he develops his restaurant, Hermosa, this short doc touches on issues of family, culinary culture, and displacement due to war. Born into  a refugee camp and brought to the US at a young age as his family fled the Khmer Rouge’s violent coup in Cambodia, Lim crafts dishes that feature authentic Cambodian flavors, imagining how the country’s cuisine might have developed had it not been interrupted by civil war.

This film screens as part of the Shorts 1: City & State – Revelations program.


 Cantonese, English, Khmer with subtitles