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Theater of Life

18 September 2017 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Grassmarket Centre
86 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, EH12QA United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: Theater of Life

Director: Peter Svatek | Countries of production: Canada | Year: 2016 | Length: 93 min
Language: English, Italian with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

What is the meaning of home for those who don’t have one – and can high-end gastronomy help meet the needs of homeless people?

Discover the inside story of how 60 of the world’s most renowned chefs came together to offer a soup kitchen with a difference, cooking with food waste from Expo2015 in Milan.

Massimo Bottura, widely regarded as one of the best chefs in the world, set up the Refettorio as a beautifully designed space offering 80 people a night the opportunity to dine with dignity.

How this high-profile initiative fared against the complex realities of homelessness and social inequality is explored through revealing interviews with the chefs and the diners, offering a candid exploration of the cultural, social and spiritual value of the nourishment we can offer one another.


Beyond the Screen



Join us after the film to explore responses to food poverty and social inequality in Scotland, with guests including Ewan Aitken (Cyrenians) and Mary Anne MacLeod (A Menu For Change) and Peter Kelly (The Poverty Alliance).

The Grassmarket Community Project is one of Edinburgh’s network of voluntary agencies that together provide free meals daily for our most vulnerable and destitute citizens, much of this being from ‘surplus’ food. Join us before the screening to take part in this unique community dinner by booking the Meal & Film ticket. We encourage all those who can do so, to either pay a donation, which will go toward the Grassmarket Community Project, or bring a dish along to the dinner (any home-made dish must be vegetarian; non-vegetarian food must be brought unopened).

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Who's Attending

62 people are attending Theater of Life

  • Jo Busck
  • Clare McMillan
  • Sarah Leslie
  • Donna McArdle
  • Steven McCluskey
  • Abel Villa
  • Karen Dorrat
  • Marie-Amélie Viatte
  • ros cadoux
  • Melanie Hindle
  • Jacqueline McDowell
  • Alice Gordon
  • Jossie Ellis
  • Karen Dorrat
  • Imogen Reiter
  • Samuel Hamilton
  • Harriet Scott
  • Julie Ryan
  • Olga Bloemen
  • Diana Romano
  • Eileen Inglis
  • Carole Robinson
  • Julie Jones
  • Celia Nyssens
  • Stevie Williams
  • Zoe Anderson
  • aida matuleviciute
  • Robyn Dawson
  • Jayne Totty
  • Ms Jemma Grant
  • Non Jones
  • J J Glover
  • Nigel Buchan
  • Laura Dickson
  • Jo Bell
  • judith Renfrew
  • Lai kwun Yek
  • Pauline Münch
  • jacalyn max
  • Susan Chaney
  • Victoria Briones
  • Hannah Mitchell
  • Ve Piccolo
  • Ann Burgess
  • Tina Sinteta
  • Neill Hope
  • Rea Kenkel
  • alice wright
  • Aimee Fletcher
  • Stephanie Anderson
  • Adele Oates
  • Nicola Smith
  • Alicia Lin
  • Rebecca sharp
  • Amy Rankine
  • Asha Hong
  • Angelica Klein
  • Aileas Pringle
  • Will Egan
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