Make Hummus Not War - Gastronomic Warfare

If there is one thing that can be agreed upon in the fractured, fractious, tribal, strife worn Middle East, one thing that transcends all borders, nationalities, ethnic and religious identities, that only football (soccer) and its quadrennial World Cup approaches in importance, is MY hummus place is the best. Whether its a hole in the wall dive, a mothers kitchen or (gasp!) store bought, everyone lays claim to knowing where to find the best version of the tasty, sticky spread made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and whatever else makes it unique to your version. In fact a quick internet search comes up with more than six million hits for the term hummus recipe. A quick perusal of the links shows the vast variation of this simple dish. Disagreement as to who has the best, can lead to conflict, whether its between two locals, two cites, or even on a national level. In fact thats what happened in 2008 between Israel, Lebanon and Palestine, each claiming the tasty dish as part of their national heritage. Not surprisingly this lead to a war of sorts, but instead of bullets, this time they vie for the Guinness book of Records title of Largest serving of hummus.

Australian filmmaker Trevor Graham, a hummus aficionado from a young age, sets out to investigate the roots of hummus and see if he can track down who has the best claims to it as part of their national culture. With a whimsically humorous tone that is uniquely Australian, and through the use of Monty Pythonesque cut-out animation, he ventures into the viper's nest of the Levant and the competing claims. With no affiliation to any of the parties involved, other than a healthy appetite for hummus, he visits what are arguably some of the best hummus joints in the region, interviews the people behind them, and eats a lot of hummus.