Let’s Eat! Films on Food: All in this Tea

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Let’s Eat! Films on Food: All in this Tea
March 6, 2012 7:30 PM
March 6, 2012 10:30 PM
February 28, 2012
Cinema Arts Centre
(631) 423-7611
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423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY, 11743, United States

Follow American tea expert David Lee Hoffman into the fascinating and very tasty world of tea as he journeys to China in search of the world’s finest teas at a screening of ALL IN THIS TEA on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30pm followed by tea-tasting at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington 631-423-7611 www.CinemaArtsCentre.org

The latest film from distinguished documentarian Les Blank, in collaboration with co-director Gina Leibrecht, follows American tea importer David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the world’s finest teas. Hoffman is obsessed; during his youth he spent four years with Tibetan monks in Nepal, which included a friendship with the Dalai Lama, and was introduced to some of the finest of teas. Unable to find anything but insipid tea bags in the U.S., Hoffman began traveling to China, the homeland of tea. There, he struggles against language barriers and Byzantine business codes to convince the Chinese that the farmers make better tea than the factories and that their craft should be honored and preserved. This craft cannot be learned from a book, but has been handed down through generations of tea makers for thousands of years. He drags the reluctant tea factory aficionados up a lush, terraced mountainside and brings them face to face with those “dirty” farmers. In an ironic twist, Hoffman reintroduces them to one of their country’s oldest traditions. But Hoffman is even a step ahead of his own country in that he is advocating “fair trade” and organics. Images of the farmers standing on urban street corners selling a week’s harvest for three dollars, in the shadow of China’s increasing number of high rises, illustrate the paradox that stepping into the modern world imposes. Tea experts James Norwood Pratt, Gaetano Kazuo Maida, and Winnie W. Yu provide the fundamentals of tea, lending weight to Hoffman’s endeavor.

$9 Members / $13 Public / includes reception and Tea-Tasting by The Tea Plant www.theteaplant.com and Sacred Rose www.sacredrosetea.com

Tickets can be purchased online, www.CinemaArtsCentre.org at the box office during theatre hours or by calling Brown Paper Tickets toll free at 1-800-838-3006

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