|The National Center
for Jewish Film
in association with
The Consulate General of Israel to New England
Jewishfilm.2003: From Vienna to Naharayim
March 27 - April 6,
Thursday, March 27
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
Saturday, March 29
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.
Byg, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Sunday March 30 2
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
Sponsor: The American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies and The Sarnat Center for the Study of Anti-Jewishness
Sunday March 30 4:30
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
Pucker Rivo, National Center for Jewish Film
Sunday March 30 7
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
Thursday April 3 7
PM Benefit for the Argentinean Jewish Relief Campaign
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.
Unheard Voices Boston
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.
Saturday April 5th
8 PM Special Israel Independence Day program
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
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
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.
Cohen, Brandeis University
Sunday April 6 4:00
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
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
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
No reserve seating
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