Director/s: Sieh Mchawala Runtime: 52' Country/s: Australia Year: 2007 Producer/s: Cathy Beitz Language/s: English

In Sudan it is taboo for a man to cook. The women of Sudan do not allow their men into the kitchen because (amongst other reasons) they believe their penises might burn over the cooking fires.


But when a group of refugee Sudanese men is found starving in Australia because they don’t know what to do with a fridge full of groceries, something has to change. Ayen Kuol, a Sudanese health worker, decides to challenge a million years of custom and culture and start a cooking school for African men. The generations battle it out for their right to be in the kitchen and Ayen eventually throws down the gauntlet. The boys should cook a feast for the elder women. Will the boys show up? Will the elder women come? Will there be anything worth eating?