Join the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) for a new event in this series which is inspired by the Center’s long tradition of bringing the community together for lunch on Fridays. The Food for Thought series aims to explore a diverse array of topics relative to food – from European food culture to food’s environmental, social, security, and public policy implications and impacts.
Pairing food and war may seem an unlikely endeavor, much less in the context of musical theater. Yet in ¡Ay, Carmela!, directed by Carlos Saura in 1990, the tastes of war help frame an intimate and unusual portrait of Spain on the Aragon front during the Civil War in 1938. Johanna Damgaard Liander will illustrate how Saura's film furthers the recovery of historical memory on the heels of Pedro Almodóvar’s ahistorical earliest works. In ¡Ay Carmela!, with period music, even the humble garbanzo transcends its modest broth to evoke long-buried collective memory.