Cuban Food Stories

After ten years living as an expat in the United States, Asori Soto decides to return to his homeland of Cuba to search for the missing flavors of his childhood. This is a journey to discover culinary traditions long thought lost due to the hardship that Cuba survived after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Cuban Food Stories is a unique film about food, society, and culture on the island of Cuba. Through nine stories, Asori Soto explores the present culinary landscape of his homeland and provides a glimpse into what the future may hold. It is a personal road-trip adventure all around the island to discover the most authentic tales behind the Cuban cuisine. The film gives unprecedented access to regions so remote that one can only arrive by raft, horseback, or swimming. A journey that will leave your mouth watering as we go from the middle of nowhere to the big cities and rediscover the culinary roots of an exciting Cuba in a time of change.
by Asori Soto USA / Cuba 2018 English, Spanish 82’ Colour Documentary form


Written and Directed by Asori Soto
Cinematography Gilliam de la Torre
Editing Kristan Sprague
Music Kyle Newmaster
Sound Design Keith Hodne
Sound Mandy Garcia
Producer Asori Soto
Executive Producers Joey Carey, Malena Svarch, Stefan Nowicki, Luis Lago

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Submarine Entertainment

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Asori Soto

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1980, he currently lives in New York. A director and producer, he studied art history at the University of Havana and film at the Ludwig Foundation in Cuba in cooperation with the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. He is a co-founder of the Cuban Independent Film Movement and was named Best Narrative Director at the Havana New Directors Film Festival in 2006. Working chiefly in commercials and documentaries, his upcoming projects include the documentary series ‘Food Stories’ which explores the relationship between culinary traditions and cultural heritage.


2006 Zona Afectada · Mosquito, el documental · Good Bye, Lolek 2007 Orbita 2008 Vedado 2016 ABCs of Death 2 2009 Facundo! 2018 Cuban Food Stories

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018