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Brandeis University
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The Consulate General of Israel to New England
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Jewishfilm.2003: From Vienna to Naharayim

March 27 - April 6, 2003
Edie and Lew Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center
Brandeis University, Waltham MA

Thursday, March 27 7 PM
Gebirtig Boston Premiere
Austria, 2002, 115 minutes, color, 35mm
German and Yiddish with English subtitles
Directors: Robert Schindel and Lukas Stepanik

Austria’s entry to the Academy Awards 2003

Adapted from an acclaimed Austrian novel, this drama expertly mingles the stories of an Austrian Holocaust survivor living in New York, a German journalist with a Nazi father, and a Jewish actor from Vienna. Delving into the complex memories of each of these characters, this sophisticated film offers a fiercely intelligent perspective on how the past remains a vital force in defining the present.

Filmmaker Lukas Stepanik invited
Discussant: Sabine von Mering, Brandeis University
Sponsor: The Austrian Cultural Forum New York, The Center for German and European Studies and The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry

Saturday, March 29 8 PM
Bronstein's Children / Bronstein’s Kinder Boston Premiere
East Germany, 1990, 98 minutes, b & w, 35mm
German with English subtitles
Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz

This film represents a unique synthesis of cultures after German unification: It blends the talents of leading actors from the former GDR, under the direction of an eminent Polish director, and is based on a novel by one of Germany's most acclaimed writers Jurek Becker. The plot focuses on the family of one survivor, brilliantly played by Armin Mueller-Stahl. When his son discovers that his father and two of his friends have kidnapped a former Nazi (Rolf Hoppe), this tale of intergenerational conflict and questions of personal justice takes a dramatic turn.

Discussant: Barton Byg, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Sponsor: The Goethe Institut, Boston and DEFA Film Library at UMass, Amherst

Sunday March 30 2 PM
Farewell To My Country Boston Premiere
USA and Poland, 2002, 99 minutes, 16mm
Director: Andrzej Krakowski

In 1968 Poland expelled the last remaining Jews from what once was the largest Jewish community in the world, effectively ending an over one thousand-year history. Interspersing archival footage from 1968 with letters from the period and personal interviews, the film reveals many painful stories, including that of the director's father.

Guest: Filmmaker Andrzej Krakowski
Discussant: Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University

Sponsor: The American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies and The Sarnat Center for the Study of Anti-Jewishness

Sunday March 30 4:30 PM
A Vilna Legend (reissue of Tkies Kaf 1924) Boston Premiere
USA, 1933, 60 minutes, B&W, newly restored 35mm print
Yiddish narration with English subtitles
Director: George Roland
Narrator: Joseph Buloff
1924 Credits: Director: Zygmund Turkow
Cast: Ester-Rokhl Kaminska, Ida Kaminska, Zygmund Turkow

A precursor to the 1937 classic, The Dybbuk, A Vilna Legend features a tale of frustrated love and destiny with the breaking/fulfillment of vows. A yeshiva student and an orphan girl who are deeply in love face eternal separation even though their parents promised them to each other before birth. In 1933, a group of New York Yiddish actors decided to give the original 1924 gem a new lease on life by adding a narration and several new scenes, which gave dramatic justification to the narrative form.

Program preceded by a live performance of traditional Yiddish folk melodies by
A Besere Velt, the Yiddish Community Chorus of The Workmen’s Circle.

Discussant: Sharon Pucker Rivo, National Center for Jewish Film
Sponsor: The Workmen's Circle and The Rita J and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation

Sunday March 30 7 PM
Stealing the Fire: The Secret Story of Iraq and the Bomb Boston Premiere
USA. 2002, 95 minutes, color, video
Directors: John Friedman and Eric Nadler
Centerpiece - Human Rights Watch Film Festival--Lincoln Center, New York, 2002
Distinguished Documentary Award--International Documentary Association, 2002
Best Documentary--National Film Board of Canada, 2002

This incredible documentary is a real-life espionage thriller which traces Saddam Hussein's nuclear program back to the Nazi atomic bomb project. The film focuses on a German spy who sold secret nuclear blueprints to Iraq and a German corporation that hid Nazi gold and later supplied Iraq and Pakistan with atomic weapons materials.

Guest: Filmmaker John Friedman
Sponsor: Facing History and Ourselves and The American Jewish Committee

Thursday April 3 7 PM Benefit for the Argentinean Jewish Relief Campaign
Legado (Legacy) Boston Premiere
Argentina, 2001, 72 minutes, video
Spanish and Yiddish with English subtitles
Directors: Vivián Imar and Marcelo Trotta

In August 1889, the steamship Wesser docked in Argentina with the first group of Jewish escapees from the pogroms of Czarist Russia. Our narrator was ten when she stepped off the boat and began life in Moisesville, the first Jewish settlement in Argentina. Her account spans eighty years.

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Unheard Voices Boston Premiere
Argentina, 2001, 10 minutes, video
Director: Beth Toni Kruvant

Today, one quarter of the population of Argentinean Jews live below the poverty level. The once vibrant community battles antisemitism, assimilation, the loss of Jewish identity and poverty. This intense short documentary examines the plight of Argentinean Jews since the capture of Eichmann in 1960.

Discussant: Alberto Limonic, Chairman of the Argentinean Jewish Relief Campaign

Saturday April 5th 8 PM Special Israel Independence Day program
Rutenberg Boston Premiere
Israel, 2002, 90 minutes, 35mm
English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Eli Cohen

This stirring saga of the man who built a hydroelectric plant across the Jordan River at Naharayim in 1931 is an absorbing film biography. Pinchas Rutenberg (1880-1942), a Russian Jewish émigré to Palestine, was a man of unusual strength of character who succeeded in getting Winston Churchill's backing for his project.

“ Menasha Noy's Rutenberg is a brilliant, formal, self absorbed man who had the ability to compel the most recalcitrant worker to follow his lead.” Los Angeles Times

Guest: Actor Menashe Noy invited
Discussant: Hillel Newman, Consul of Israel to New England

Sponsors: The Consulate General of Israel to New England and The Goodman Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel

Sunday April 6 2 PM
The Power of Good - Nicholas Winton Boston Premiere
Czech Republic, 2002, 64 minutes, color, 35mm
Director: Matej Minac

Winner of the 2002 International Emmy award and the Trilobit Prize from the Czech Republic and winner of the Slovak Film Critic's Prize IGRIC.

A gripping documentary about the courage and determination of a young English stock exchange clerk who saved the lives of 669 children. Between March 13 and August 2, 1939, Nicolas Winton organized six trains to take children from Prague to new Jewish homes in Britain, and kept quiet about it until his wife discovered a scrapbook documenting his unique mission in 1988.

Discussant: Cynthia Cohen, Brandeis University
Sponsor: The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

Sunday April 6 4:00 PM
Undying Love Boston Premiere
Canada, 2002, 87 minutes, color, video
English and Yiddish w/ Eng. subtitles.
Director: Helene Klodawsky

A richly textured retelling of several mysterious love stories from survivors of the Holocaust. Using a variety of film forms, intimate interviews, archival footage, excerpts of fiction film (from Hollywood and the Yiddish cinema), and dramatic reenactment, the documentary unfolds like a collection of love stories. Filmmaker Klodawsky, the daughter of death camp survivors, explores the healing power of love.

Guest: Filmmaker Helene Klodawsky
Discussant: TBA
Sponsor: Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women (HIRIJW)

Preceded by
Advice and Dissent
USA, 2002, 21 minutes, color, 35mm
Director: Leib Cohen

A heartwarming, romantic comedy that puts a new spin on an old Jewish morality tale.. The cast, includes Eli Wallach as the wise rabbi who counsels an unhappy, self-absorbed, businessman (John Pankow) out to get rid of his wife (Rebecca Pidgeon).

Sunday April 6 7 PM
Perlasca Boston Premiere
Italy, 2002, 126 minutes, color, video
Italian with English subtitles
Director: Alberto Negrin

This drama portrays Giorgio Perlasca's selfless courage in saving more than 5,000 Hungarian Jews during WWII. Perlasca becomes consumed by a sense of humanitarian duty after witnessing the persecution of Jews in Budapest. Passing himself off as Spanish Consul, he tricks the Nazis in a series of ingenious capers.

Guest: Pierluigi Squillante, Consul General of Italy to New England
Discussant: Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University
Sponsor: The Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts

tickets $8
Seniors, BALI and students $6
Group sales -20 or more $5
Festival passes $60
Senior Festival passes $50
Brandeis students and faculty with ID no charge

No reserve seating
All programs subject to change
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Presented by
The National Center for Jewish Film
and
Brandeis University
Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund
Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry
Center for German and European Studies
Bernard G. and Rhoda G. Sarnat Center for the Study of Anti-Jewishness
Jacob and Libby Goodman Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel
Hebrew Language Program
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department
BALI – Brandeis Adult Learning Institute
Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women (HIRIJW)
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
in association with
The Consulate General of Israel to New England

With additional support from
Eugenia Shrut
The American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies
American Jewish Committee
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston
The Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts
DEFA Film Library at UMass, Amherst
Facing History and Ourselves
The Goethe Institut of Boston
The Jewish Community Relations Council
The Lassor & Fanny Agoos Charity Fund
The Rita J and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation
The Workman’s Circle
Marek Lesniewski-Laas, the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland
Rhode Island International Film Festival

Massachusetts Cultural Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Boston Marriott Newton

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