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Preview 'Ayen's Cooking School for African Men' (Challenging Generations Of Tradition & Culture)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act December 13, 2012 at 7:23PM

The hilarious short story goes... In Sudan, it's taboo for a man to cook. As young Sudanese refugee, Alier puts it very plainly, “cooking, cleaning, washing the dishes, it’s the duty of your sister.” The women of Sudan don't allow their men into the kitchen because (amongst other reasons) they believe their penises might burn over the cooking fires.
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Ayen's Cooking School

The hilarious short story goes... In Sudan, it's taboo for a man to cook. As young Sudanese refugee, Alier puts it very plainly, “cooking, cleaning, washing the dishes, it’s the duty of your sister.The women of Sudan don't allow their men into the kitchen because (amongst other reasons) they believe their penises might burn over the cooking fires.

But when a group of refugee Sudanese men in Adelaide is found starving because they don’t know what to do with a fridge full of groceries, something has to change.

Ayen Kuol, a Sudanese health worker (a woman), decides to challenge a million years of tradition and culture and start a cooking school for Sudanese men. 

And what happens when a Sudanese woman starts a cooking school for the refugee men and asks them to prepare a feast for their biggest critics – the elder women? Will the boys show up? Will the elder women come? Will there be anything worth eating?

Like I said, humorous. 

The feature doc was directed by Sieh Mchawala, with Cathy Beitz producing. 

It's been touring the film festival circuit since 2011; most recently, it screened at Film Africa in London (just last month), where it was described as "delightful and humorous."

I'm told that there are plans to make it available for viewing online, so if/when that happens, we'll let you know.

In the meantime, check out the promo for it below:


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