NFB Interactive: Bread

Here is a project that is right in line with Roots & Recipes. In this simple interactive video presentation, six older women from across Canada (including two First Nations women as well as immigrants from Hungary, India, Holland and Russia) demonstrate their treasured bread recipes while parts of their life stories are heard in voiceover. Each video is accompanied by the written recipe, so you can try their bread at home!


“All sorrows are less with bread” – Cervantes

Artist and social innovator Mariette Sluyter’s Bread opens the oven door on the practice of baking bread and highlights the way it connects to our cultural and emotional wellbeing. An experiment in human connectivity and interactive storytelling, Bread allows us to take a peek into the lives of six older women from very different backgrounds, all of whom share a passion for bread making.

The web-based project grew out of work Mariette was doing with Calgary Family Services’ Older Adult Team, where baking bread was used as a means to bring people together and improve their quality of life. The theory was that if older people who were at risk of social isolation got together and shared recipes from their culture, they could break down cultural barriers through their own innate storytelling desire, in order to ‘find the universals’ that transcend culture.

Click here to explore Bread

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still from ‘Vidya’, Bread, NFB

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still from ‘Charlotte’, Bread, NFB