The Boston Public Library and The National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University in cooperation with the Jewish Women’s Archive, the American Jewish Committee, and The Bernard G. and Rhoda G. Sarnat Center for the Study of Anti-Jewishness at Brandeis University present a film series exploring the American Jewish experience.

Sunday, March 6, 2 pm
Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, Free and open to the public
Cosponsor: Jewish Women’s Archive

The Immigrant Experience:
Hungry Hearts

USA, 1922, 80 minutes, b/w,
silent with English intertitles
Director: E. Mason Hopper

Based on the short stories of Anzia Yezierska, the first writer to bring stories of American Jewish women to a mainstream audience, and filmed on location in New York City's Lower East Side, Hungry Hearts captures the hopes and hardships of Jewish immigrants in the New World. New restoration and subtitles by The National Center for Jewish Film.

Live performance of his original score by Yakov Gubanov, Associate Professor of Composition, Berklee College of Music.

Speaker: Joyce Antler, Chair, Academic Advisory Council of the Jewish Women's Archive; the Samuel B. Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture, Brandeis University; Author, The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America (1999).

Sunday, March 13, 2 pm
Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, Free and open to the public
Cosponsor: The Bernard G. and Rhoda G. Sarnat Center for the Study of Anti-Jewishness

Movie Mavens, Jews, and the Birth of Hollywood:
Hollywoodism

USA, 1997, 100 minutes, color and b/w
Director: Simcha Jacobovici

Based on Neal Gabler's best-selling 1988 book An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, this documentary tells the story of Hollywood’s pioneering movie moguls: Jewish immigrants, or children of immigrants, who, in struggling with their own feelings of otherness, reinvented themselves as “Americans.” In the process, they helped invent an enduring image of America. Caryn James of the New York Times calls Hollywoodism "Stunning... a lucid, inviting work of social history... shrewdly on target."

Speaker: Sharon Pucker Rivo, Executive Director, The National Center for Jewish Film and Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish Film, Brandeis University.

Sunday, March 20, 2 pm
Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, Free and open to the public
Cosponsor: American Jewish Committee

The Sephardic Experience:

Island of Roses: The Jews of Rhodes in Los Angeles

USA, 1995, 55 minutes, color,
English, Italian, French, & Ladino with English subtitles
Director: Gregori Viens
Silver Screen Award, U.S. International Film and Video Festival (1995)

This charming documentary visits the contemporary Los Angeles community of "Rhodeslis," Jews who lived on the Mediterranean island of Rhodes from the Jews’ expulsion from Spain in 1492 until World War II. Emigrating to Los Angeles during World War II, the Rhodeslis brought with them unique traditions, food, songs, rituals (including a faith healing), and their medieval Ladino Spanish dialect, which they passed down to their American-born children and grandchildren.

Speaker: Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College; Editor, The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature (2005) and The Scroll and the Cross: 1,000 Years of Jewish-Hispanic Literature (2003).


Thursday, March 31, 6:30 pm
Edie and Lew Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center, Brandeis University, Waltham MA

Boston Premiere:
American Matchmaker
(Amerikaner Shadkhn)

Newly restored and subtitled 35mm Yiddish feature
USA, 1940, 87 minutes, b/w,
Yiddish with English subtitles
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer

Starring Leo Fuchs, “the Yiddish Fred Astaire,” as an elegant and eligible bachelor who never quite closes a marriage deal, American Matchmaker was Edgar G. Ulmer’s last Yiddish film; it was also his most modern, an art deco romantic comedy set on New York’s Upper West Side. This clash between the urbane, slick manners of the new country and the old, busybody, communal ways of the shtetl, offers a satisfying combination of humor, music and schmaltz. New restoration and subtitles by The National Center for Jewish Film.

Introduction and book signing: Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University; Author, American Judaism: A History (2004).

Tickets: $8 adults; $6 seniors & students; free Brandeis faculty & students
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The Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street, Copley Square;
phone number is 617-859-2270 and the web address is www.bpl.org
The programs are wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices are available. To request a sign language interpreter or for other special needs, please call 617-536-5400, x2295 (V), 617-536-7055 (TTY) at least two weeks before the program date.


Past Events:

Imaginary Witnesses: Hollywood and European Directors Focus on the Holocaust

jewishfilm.2003 - jewishfilm.2004 - Margarethe von Trotta - ANDRZEJ WAJDA

Providence Rhode Island Film Festival
- The Sorrow And the Pity







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