DAL PURI DIASPORA (Richard Fung, Canada). 80 minutes. Some subtitles. Saturday (November 10), 4:30 pm, Royal.
TORONTO REEL ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL to November 11 in Toronto November 16 and 17 in Richmond Hill. Various venues. $10-$20. See Indie & Rep Film. reelasian.com. Rating: NNNN
I never expected to see anyone make an intellectual documentary about the roots of roti, but that’s exactly what Richard Fung delivers in Dal Puri Diaspora.
Tracing the origins of the beloved curry wrap and its various permutations around the world (including his native Trinidad), Fung winds up examining the way culture is appropriated by outsiders. Roti isn’t the only thing that’s been altered or mutated to suit the palate of a new audience. But the doc works equally well as simple food porn expect to leave hungry.
The screening is followed at 6 pm by Rum And Roti Lime, a special event at the Monarch Tavern. Tickets for that are $30, including admission to Dal Puri Diaspora, and must be purchased in advance from the Reel Asian box office. And, yes, rotis will be served.