Rice and Beans. A documentary film

The project INDIVIDUAL UTOPIAS NOW AND THEN – Discontinuity of generation dialogue or what do we have in common? is a partnership between three organisations from Albania (T.I.C.A., Tirana), Bosnia and Herzegovina (SCCA/pro.ba, Sarajevo) and Serbia (kuda.org, Novi Sad).

The TV documentary series are part of the project activity search for “Individual Utopias” asking both young and old generations about their comprehension of guilt or authority issues in their societies for example, and also what they can learn about overcoming past through cultural production.

Beans have for a long time been, and still is a traditional Albanian food. The poor people in Albania are used to eat beans instead of meat. During the communist time Albanians eat beans even in the morning like a breakfast. It was never mixed with other food in the same plate. Only during the period of the friendship between Albania-China it appeared in some very popular restaurants as a plate composed by beans and rice (rice was considered as traditional Chinese food). This plate was called “Miqesia” (friendship). Many people used this word with humor but many also used it in a serious way.