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Thanksgiving 2016: Home Away from Home

Posted on 11/22/2016 2:27:00 PM in What We're Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

At the 1621 feast now known as the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims were newcomers to America. With help from the local Wampanoag tribe, they learned to farm unfamiliar crops—and the two communities came together to celebrate the first successful harvest. For immigrants in the United States today, the food served at our Thanksgiving may also be unfamiliar. Yet the principles at the heart of the holiday—a shared celebration of community and an abundant harvest—just might remind them of home. In this film, four women who emigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan, Congo, and Sri Lanka tell us how they’ve embraced American traditions of food, harvest, and community—while keeping their own traditions alive. While they each do this in their own way, a common theme emerges: we as human beings all share an innate desire to come together over a meal and reflect with friends and family. From my home in Maine, I join you with thanks for this Thanksgiving—and respect for all that you bring to the table.

About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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