Screening at The Arch Café in Leeds city centre. The Arch is an Age UK funded enterprise and a dementia friendly venue.
Our very first screening (of many?) at The Arch, Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) is a film about family and legacy. Jiro Ono is one of the most revered chefs in the world, owner of the Michelin three-star Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo and, at 85 years-old, is irked that he has yet to achieve what he feels is the perfect sushi dish.
The film also profiles Jiro’s two sons, both of whom are also sushi chefs. Yoshikazu, 50, in particular is feeling the pressure of one day having to succeed his father as head chef.
As well as the elegant photography of this documentary, one of its most striking features is its relaxed pacing which creates a comforting tone, making the film all the more enjoyable. It is also refreshing that the film’s subject is a man of advanced years and rich experience. So many films today concern themselves with youth and its preservation in the face of coming-of-age. This is the antithesis to the aimless-New York-hipster-getting-their-life-together flick. It also perfectly compliments the screening’s venue and its values…
The Arch Café is a recent social enterprise started in Leeds, a café with a social conscience, and occupies the Grade 2 listed Bradbury Building in St. John’s Yard. Dementia friendly, the café is owned by Age UK Leeds and all profits go directly into supporting their work with older people across the city.
This event also coincides with the inaugural Leeds Indie Food festival taking place across the city centre, so why not make a day it – stuff your face with some of the best food Leeds has to offer, then nurse that food baby with us before heading back out for seconds?