Written and directed by Aistė Ptakauskė
ETHNIC KITCHEN is a feature documentary about five women who moved to Lithuania from different countries, at different times, and for different reasons. At first glance, the life stories of these women seem unbelievable, but a closer look reveals that it is something that could happen to any of us. How do we construct our world which we call home? Does it stem from our place in society based on our gender, skin color, age, or nationality? Or is it something more simple than that? Could it be that home is any place where we find compassion, inspiration, talent, love, and a shared humanity? Ethnic Kitchen premiered in October 2014. October through December it was screened in fifteen Lithuanian towns. Each screening was accompanied by a public discussion among local municipalities, NGOs, and communities. Ethnic Kitchen is not just a movie, it’s an invitation to reflect on the things that make us feel like outsiders. Ethnic Kitchen is a reminder and encouragement to extend a helping hand to those around us having trouble fitting in. The project is made possible by the European Economic Area Grants NGO Program Lithuania.