With varying levels of literacy in their native language and anxious expectations of what an English as a second language class might do for them, the women ventured out of their homes to attend class. By the time two local filmmakers, Heidi Knott and Lee Serrie, volunteered to create Sharing Secrets of Salsa: Mixing English with Community Spirit the women in the classes had not only written and contributed their special family recipe to the Secrets of Salsa cookbook, but participated in many a public events celebrating the cookbook and their accomplishments.
The documentary film features the stories of the women and these authentic recipes, following the growth of the unique and ongoing project. Drawing strength from the appreciation of their family salsa recipes, the documentary became an opportunity to further expand their empowerment and horizons in their new language and culture. Like the cookbook, the production of the film by the professional filmmakers was carried out within the context of the classroom, local artists, and the salsa-tasting events.
Sharing Secrets of Salsa: Mixing English with Community Spirit dramatizes the changing the lives of the women as well as the building of cultural bridges our community.
You can now view the documentary free of charge on YouTube!