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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Chicago Humanities Festival >> "Unique and Delightful": The Truffle Hunters
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).
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.