Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Chicago Humanities Festival >> "Unique and Delightful": The Truffle Hunters

  



Still from the film 'The Truffle Hunters' showing a man speaking to his dog.
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 | 6:00PM (CST)

THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS


Join directors Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw for a conversation about their stunning documentary The Truffle Hunters–just shortlisted in the Academy Award's Documentary Feature category. Set in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, the film follows a handful of elderly men and their expertly-trained dogs searching for the increasingly rare and coveted Alba truffles.

Adhering to a culture and methods passed down for generations and now in danger of extinction, these truffle hunters hold the key for two secrets: a prized ingredient of modern cuisine and the age-old answer to a rich and meaningful life. Dweck and Kershaw are joined by filmmaker Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams).
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About the Film:
Included in the Oscars Shortlist for Best Documentary Feature, The Truffle Hunters follows a handful of men, seventy to eighty years young, in Piedmont, Italy, on the search for the elusive Alba truffle. They’re guided by a secret culture passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly trained dogs. The documentary subtly explores the devastating effects of climate change and deforestation on an age-old tradition through a visually stunning narrative that celebrates life and exalts the human spirit.

Watch the trailer here.

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