LATIN JEWISH LIFE IN FILM

 

Mantener la Fe: Keep the Faith

This series of Latin Jewish films from four different countries explores the resilience of the human spirit and the conviction to stand by one’s beliefs, even in the most adverse circumstances.

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            OLGA

            Wednesday, March 11, 8:00 p.m.

            $8 General | $6 Skirball Members | $5 Full-Time Students

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Jayme Monjardim’s Olga is based on the life of German Jewish activist Olga Benário Prestes, wife of revolutionary leader Luís Carlos Prestes. Persecuted in Germany for her Communist affiliations, Olga went on to become a security escort for Prestes during his attempt to lead a Communist coup in Brazil in 1935. The film follows the couple’s fateful political and romantic relationship, and Olga’s eventual deportation to a concentration camp. A story of undying love between two people separated by war, Fascism, and impossible circumstances. (Brazil, 2004, 141 min. No MPAA rating. In Portuguese and German with English subtitles.)

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MR. KAPLAN

Thursday, March 26, 8:00 p.m.

$8 General | $6 Skirball Members | $5 Full-Time Students

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L.A. premiere! Álvaro Brechner’s hilarious dark comedy tells the story of Jacob Kaplan (Héctor Noguera), who was forced to flee Europe as a young boy without his parents during World War II. After fifty years of quiet living in Uruguay, Jacob becomes obsessed with the idea that the German owner of a local seafront restaurant is a former Nazi. (Uruguay, 2014, 98 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.)

 

 

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VISA AL PARAÍSO (VISA TO PARADISE)

Thursday, April 16, 8:00 p.m.

$8 General | $5 Full-Time Students | FREE to Skirball Members

BUY/RESERVE NOW: (877) SCC-4TIX, skirball.org, or on site

This historical documentary explores the remarkable work of Gilberto Bosques Salvídar, also known as the “Mexican Schindler.” From 1939 to 1942, Salvídar served as Mexico’s Consul General in France, issuing exit visas to 45,000 Jews and Spanish Republicans persecuted by Fascism. Using war footage and interviews with survivors and their families as well as Salvídar himself, Visa al Paraíso honors this relatively unknown humanitarian mission that marks a remarkable chapter in Mexico’s history. Directed and produced by Lillian Liberman. This screening is presented in commemoration of Yom HaShoah. (Mexico, 2010, 108 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.)

 

 

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THE LONGING: THE FORGOTTEN JEWS OF SOUTH AMERICA

Featuring a Q&A with Director/Producer Gabriela Böhm

Sunday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.

$8 General | $6 Skirball Members | $5 Full-Time Students

BUY NOW: (877) SCC-4TIX, skirball.org, or on site

Set in Ecuador, this award-winning documentary tells the story of a small group of South Americans whose European Jewish ancestors were forced to convert during the Spanish Inquisition. Isolated in Catholic countries and rejected by local Jewish communities, the group seeks the guidance of Jacques Cukierkorn, a Brazilian American rabbi who helps “lost Jews” reclaim their identities. Though the new converts’ dreams are eventually fulfilled, they face an uncertain future. (Ecuador, 2007, 75 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles.)

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http://www.skirball.org/series/keep-the-faith

 

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