The mission of the 34th installment of the Miami Film Festival is to “bridge cultural understanding and encourage artistic development by provoking thought through film,” but who says you can’t bring those same themes to the workplace?
This year’s festival promises to be a much-talked-about celebration of film, with 10 jam-packed days of screenings, parties, and special events. No need to worry if you did not score an invite to a star-studded gala or panel discussion. You can bring the festivities to your team by having a festival-themed lunch, delivered directly to your office.
Want to advance your company’s diversity efforts without even trying? Developing group activities that demonstrate cultural appreciation is a winning approach. This is not about being “politically-correct,” but more about embracing the cultures and mindsets that contribute to your company’s success. This creates an environment that promotes better collaboration.
Try linking some of the most talked about film entries with the cuisines that effortlessly bring the sights, sounds, and flavors of the festival to life. For example:
I’m Hungry; Quiero Jama!
Jeri Rice’s Emargo recounts the conspiracies and politics surrounding the Cuban Embargo. Tie in this documentary with a Cuban-themed meal from Mojito Grill. Menu items like their Cuban Bowl and Palomilla will curb your island-cravings. ¡Que rico!
Kiss Indian Food Hello
Lipstick Under My Burkha is a daring account of “Indian women in all their complexity and sexuality.” This film is guaranteed to be spoken about at lunch with a pairing from Bollywood Masala. Try their Aloo Samosa and Lamb Tikka Wrap for something new and exciting that will leave everyone asking for seconds.
More Tacos, Por Favor
Visitor’s Day chronicles the journey of Juan Carlos, a 16-year-old runaway from Mexico City. With the help of a group home, he overcomes obstacles stemming from his relationship with his estranged father. Pair this film with AL Pastor Tacos, Mexican Street Corn Salad, and Pollo al Carbon Tacos from Elle Taco for an amazing Mexican-themed lunch.
Did Someone Say Pizza Party!?
Jill Campbell’s MR. CHIBBS is sure to have the sports fans in your office talking. The film beautifully documents how former New York City high-school prodigy and NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson defeated his “personal demons” to advance in life. Celebrate this film with New York’s staple dish from Esevagonte Eatery. Options like Ropa Vieja Pizza and Mac and Cheese Pizza will satisfy any pizza craving imaginable.
I’m on Tapa the World!
Argentinian director Luz Ruciello tells the story of Omar Bocard, in A Concrete Cinema. Omar is a soft-spoken elderly man who tries to keep the magic of the cinema alive by building a theater of his own above his home. To bring the Argentinian motif to the office, introduce your team to the flavors of 5411 Empanadas. The Chorizo and Patatas Bravas Empanadas will be a guaranteed office favorite!
Eating together provides the perfect environment to discuss the groundbreaking and lesser-known stories that make the festival a must for all Miamians, even if you can’t make it in person. Make plans to help your office celebrate the top festival picks today! Just let us know, and we’ll bring the essence of the Miami Film Festival to your office.