Commissioned by PSI #27: HUNGER 2022
One video Channel

Each time I want to cook in Berlin, I call my mom for ingredients and directions. And though we can’t share the meal, we do share conversations of our daily lives.

In an attempt to map the economy of mjadara hamra, a southern Lebanese dish, I invited my mother, Rabiha Tawil, located in Sarifa, southern Lebanon, and my sister Racha Najdi, located in Istanbul, Türkiye, to cook the same dish together on a video call.

What does it mean to cook together across different geographies, when we can’t eat together? What are the economics of the different countries, the values of their currencies, and the sources of the ingredients for the same meal? Through this video call, we talk about gas, a devastating economical crisis, and lentils.