Aaron Davidson’s documentary films on Jewish themes have all been created in South Florida, but transcend their local flavor and are at once familiar and nostalgic. A hallmark of his work is a periodic update of his films, often with poignant, ironic, or unexpected results, as films made innocently more than a decade ago in an earlier context take on new and added meaning with contemporary footage. “Tradition at Steak” is one of three films being screened for Miami Book Fair that amazingly span 13 years – a significant milestone, as the films are now Bar Mitzvah age.
Tradition at Steak
Kosher butchers were once a necessity; now they struggle to survive in the face of increased competition and one-stop shopping. In this documentary, we visit one of the oldest surviving and the last stand-alone kosher butcher shop on Miami Beach to find out why customers keep coming back – and why a butcher is more than just a store. The film was initially made when the butcher moved to a new location to attract new customers and keep old ones.