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Learn about the Power of Food this Thanksgiving Day: DirecTV Premiers SoC Professor's Peruvian documentary

    • Motion Picture Prof. Ed Talavera served as cinematographer for Mistura, a documentary about food.
    • Motion Picture Prof. Ed Talavera served as cinematographer for Mistura, a documentary about food.

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude, family, and food, making it the perfect day for the cable TV premier of  Mistura: The Power of Food, a short documentary about the largest food festival in South America, co-produced and shot by Ed Talavera, a professor at the University of Miami School of Communication.

DirecTV will air the award-winning documentary on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 6 p.m. on channel 201 and at 8 p.m. on channel 1004 (DirecTV HD).  

The 38-minute film captures the many experiences of Mistura, the annual Peruvian food festival that occurs in Lima, Peru every September. It expresses the importance of food in Peruvian culture and features famed chef and ambassador of Peruvian cuisine, Gaston Acurio.

Mistura is praised for joyfully capturing the coming together of strangers and a nation to rejoice in their pride for their food and culinary traditions.

A cinematographer and professor in the Motion Pictures Program,  Talavera shot Mistura in Peru last year with director Patricia Perez.  It won “Best Foreign Documentary" at the 2011 Hollywood International Family Film Festival, “Best Short Documentary” at the 2011 NYLA International Film Festival, and the “Audience Award” at the San Francisco United Film Festival. The film continues  to screen at film festivals worldwide.

Talavera teaches film production at UM. His numerous film credits include work that has aired on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and theaters worldwide. The New York University graduate is also the director of the Canes Film Festival, an annual showcase of University of Miami student films.

-  Emily Young

*See a preview of Mistura here:

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