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Not Too Sweet
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Past Lives, dir. Xavier Mas, courtesy of Samuel Guì Yang

Not Too Sweet *the highest culinary compliment your Asian auntie could bestow

Highlighting work by filmmakers of East and Southeast Asian heritage, Not Too Sweet explores the twisty, tangy, melty role of food across ESEA cultures. From the meditative crafting of a clay dumpling, to grocery store dance routines with pak choi as props, to the steely glare of an unwanted anchovy - these films offer a tantalising menu of sensory delight but are underpinned by the sharper, sourer feelings of longing and displacement that unite the ESEA diaspora experience.

Curated by artist and filmmaker Rosanna Lee, this selection includes live action, documentary, experimental and animated short films, and will set the scene for queen of the London supper clubs, Rahel Stephanie (@eatwithsp00ns), to serve up a delicious array of dishes that tell the rich and varied story of Indonesian cuisine. 
This event takes place in two parts:

6.30pm, Cinema 1: Film Screening Book here
8pm, ICA Upper Bar: Supper Club [Sold out]


Parallel, dir. Rosanna Lee, UK 2022, 10 min.
Jesa, dir. Song Kyungwon, South Korea / USA 2019, 6 min.
Nature Trip: What Are You Growing?, dir. Jennifer Quan, Yuphin aka Tuckata & Grubber, UK 2021, 7 min. 
Now I close my eyes I see it is so beautiful, dir. April Lin, UK 2020, 4 min.
Slurp, dir. Anya Martin, USA 2018, 2 min.
Girl with a Thermal Gun, dir. Rongfei Guo, China 2020, 12 min.
Janchi Guksu, dir. Ellie Kyungran Heo, South Korea & UK, 2016, 4 min.
My Father After Dinner, dir. Gladys Ng, Singapore 2015, 15 min.
Making Clay Dumplings, dir. Dora Lam, UK 2020, 12 min.
Past Lives, dir. Xavier Mas, courtesy of Samuel Guì Yang
Naomang, dir. Luo Jian, UK 2020, 9 min.
Spring Roll Dream, dir. Mai T P Vu, UK 2022, 9 min.

Film screenings only – tickets from £12, £5 for Under 25s  Book tickets
Film screenings + Supper Club – £50  Book tickets  

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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