East Side Sushi

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East Side Sushi


Sunday Dec 06 07:30 PM
Thursday Dec 10 01:00 PM
Thursday Dec 24 07:30 PM
Friday Jan 01 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Part of The A-List

Directed by Anthony Lucero. USA. 2014. 100 min. Spanish and English with English subtitles.

Winner of multiple festival accolades including 8 audience awards (you’ll see why!), East Side Sushi is a feel-good foodie gem you won’t want to miss. The film introduces us to Juana, a hard-working Latina single mother who dreams of becoming a sushi chef. Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands fast—very fast. She can slice and dice anything you throw at her with great speed and precision. Forced to give up her fruit-vending cart in order to find a more secure job, Juana lands a position as a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant. It is there she discovers a new friendship and a whole new world of cuisine and culture, far-removed from everything she has ever known. While working in the restaurant’s kitchen, Juana secretly observes the sushi chefs and eventually teaches herself to make a multitude of sushi. Her creativity sparked, Juana’s re-ignited passion for food drives her to want more from her job and her life. Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but as a non-Japanese woman, it’s not going to be easy. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.

Watch the trailer.

Read the Variety review.

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