Six recipes. Six different women. One common story, shaped by family, community, and heritage.
A story, connected by six different lifetimesof hardship and joy. Of shared skills, mastered over decades of repetition.
Many narratives. One remarkable story.
About this project
“All sorrows are less with bread” - Cervantes
Artist and social innovator Mariette Sluyter’s Bread opens the oven door on the practice of baking bread and highlights the way it connects to our cultural and emotional wellbeing. An experiment in human connectivity and interactive storytelling, Bread allows us to take a peek into the lives of six older women from very different backgrounds, all of whom share a passion for bread making.
The web-based project grew out of work Mariette was doing with Calgary Family Services’ Older Adult Team, where baking bread was used as a means to bring people together and improve their quality of life. The theory was that if older people who were at risk of social isolation got together and shared recipes from their culture, they could break down cultural barriers through their own innate storytelling desire, in order to ‘find the universals’ that transcend culture.
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada
Created by Mariette Sluyter
Associate ProducerTeri Snelgrove Interactive ProducerDana Dansereau Executive ProducerLoc Dao
Written byMariette Sluyter Story EditorJen Moss DesignerTracey Lebedovich DeveloperDarren Ortiz French language adaptationURBANIA Operations and Production ManagerJanine Steele Project ManagersVanessa Fukuyama, Laura Mitchell Interactive EditorNicholas Klassen
Copy EditorJen Moss Recipe EditorStacey Sellars
Director of PhotographyAndrew Coppin Location Sound RecordistsPer Asplund, Frank Russo, Sean Feldstein Video EditorBill Hardman Audio EditorJen Moss Sound Designer and ComposerDan Leavers Motion GraphicsChris McKinlay
Studio AdministratorJennifer Roworth Production CoordinatorsKaren Downing, Kat Jayme Production SupervisorKathryn Lynch Technical Edit CoordinatorWes Machnikowski Production AssistantsKaren Chapman, Sarah Hagar, Nancy Jibbe Marketing ManagerJenny Thibault PublicistPat Dillon Web MarketingJulie Matlin, Kathryn Ruscito System AdministratorsSergiu Raul Suciu, Bruno Gervasi
Special Thanks:Carya Heather Jalbout Moira Keigher Natalie Muyres Brian Nicol Brian Padlewski Pieter Stathis Sean Toner William F. White International The women of Bread and their families