Archive for the ‘Films’ Category

MVM: Muchas Gracias

August 15, 2012

Extending muchas gracias & sheynem dank from the Chicago YIVO Society to filmmaker Maria Victoria Menis of Argentina (shown in photo on left).

In the past two days, almost 500 people attended one of our three screenings of her lovely film Camera Obscura either at Northbrook Public Library, Skokie Public Library, or Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Loop).

Click HERE for more information on how to purchase Camera Obscura (for home use) or rent Camera Obscura (for public exhibition) from the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University.

Click HERE to purchase The House of Memory: Stories by Jewish Women Writers of Latin America, a collection edited by poet Marjorie Agosin which contains Angelica Gorodischer’s original short story.

Click HERE for the words of the lovely poem by Eliahu Toker (set to music by Marcelo Moguilevsky).

Click HERE for the Wikipedia page explaining the camera obscura phenomenon (“one of the inventions that led to photography”), seen in film when Jean-Baptiste notices that the image of Gertrudis drawing water from the well has been projected on the back wall of his room.

We also send our appreciation to our library partners for their terrific onsite support, & to NCJF for making this wonderful film available to Kol Yisrael. Finally we thank all the audience members who participated in the three lively Q&A sessions after each screening.

All Chicago YIVO “Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture” programs are FREE & open to the public 🙂

La Cámara Oscura (Skokie)

August 10, 2012

Date: August 15 (Wednesday)

Time: 12:15 pm

Location: Skokie Public Library

Petty Auditorium

5215 Oakton Street

Skokie, IL

Some Jews who escaped the Holocaust managed to get into Argentina. However, immigrant families had arrived much earlier, to escape the Russian pogroms. They settled in rural Argentina and became farmers and ranchers. Here, a French photographer comes to take pictures of such a family.

Click HERE to read mini-review in the JUF News.
Click HERE to order DVD from NCJF website.

Film includes poem (in Yiddish) by Eliahu Toker:

Libe, helf mikh ibershprayzn
di fintsternish vos loyert in mir.
Azá umendlikhe nakht vos mikh vart
un kh’guefín nisht kayn kholem in zij.

(Set to music by Marcelo Moguilevsky)

Love, Help me cross the darkness that arises in me.
An endless night ahead and me without dreams.

(Translation by YIVO member Joan Levin)

Photos courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University.

 

La Cámara Oscura (HWLC)

August 10, 2012

Date: August 14 (Tuesday)

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: Harold Washington Library Center

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

400 South State Street; Chicago Loop

 

Some Jews who escaped the Holocaust managed to get into Argentina. However, immigrant families had arrived much earlier, to escape the Russian pogroms. They settled in rural Argentina and became farmers and ranchers. Here, a French photographer comes to take pictures of such a family.

Click HERE to read mini-review in the JUF News.
Click HERE to order DVD from NCJF website.

Film includes poem (in Yiddish) by Eliahu Toker:

Libe, helf mikh ibershprayzn
di fintsternish vos loyert in mir.
Azá umendlikhe nakht vos mikh vart
un kh’guefín nisht kayn kholem in zij.

(Set to music by Marcelo Moguilevsky)

Love, Help me cross the darkness that arises in me.
An endless night ahead and me without dreams.

(Translation by YIVO member Joan Levin)

Photos courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University.

 

La Cámara Oscura (Northbrook)

July 24, 2012

Date: August 14 (Tuesday)

Time: 12:15 pm

Where: Northbrook Public Library

Some Jews who escaped the Holocaust managed to get into Argentina. However, immigrant families had arrived much earlier, to escape the Russian pogroms. They settled in rural Argentina and became farmers and ranchers. Here, a French photographer comes to take pictures of such a family.

Di Shekhter-Tekhter

July 24, 2012

The Movie, “Ven di bobes un zeydes zenen geven yung: Di Shekhter-tekhter af der bine” (When Our Bubbas and Zeydas Were Young: The Schaechter Sisters on Stage), was shown in Skokie, on Wednesday, July 18. The film is almost entirely in Yiddish, with English subtitles.

Reyna and Temma Schaechter, accompanied by their Musical Director and father, Binyumen Schaechter, recreate the youth of our grand- parents in Eastern Europe and in America.

Film in Skokie

March 5, 2012

SPRING EVENTS: Join Chicago YIVO for a screening of the Chava Alberstein film What I Am Now.

Where: Skokie Public Library; 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL

When: Thursday, March 29 @ 12:15 PM

COST: FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Filmmaker Sivan Arbel follows folk singer Chava Alberstein as she returns home to perform before Israeli audiences after many years of touring around the world (including here in Metro Chicago).

NOTE: This is the film that we were unable to show last summer due to technical difficulties. Chicago YIVO is sponsoring this screening now in celebration of the 5th annual International SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now).

Click HERE for more information about International SWAN Day.

Vilna Film Pix

February 21, 2012

Photos taken by Chicago YIVO Society eMaven Tzivi Huttner at the ILHMEC screening of The World Was Ours on Sunday 2/12.

Top photo: Filmmaker Mira Jedwabnik Van Doren with Lillian Gerstner (ILHMEC’s Director of Special Projects). Bottom photo: Mira Jedwabnik Van Doren with longtime Chicago YIVO Society supporters Betty & Leo Melamed.

DVD copies of The World Was Ours can be purchased (for home use) from The Vilna Project.

Here is the complete contact information:

Mira Jedwabnik Van Doren

130 West 57th Street

New York, NY 10019

212.245.7493

vilnafilm@aol.com

For more photos from this event, visit our Facebook page: Chicago YIVO Friends 🙂

The World Was Ours

January 29, 2012

Mira Jedwabnik Van Doren

The World Was Ours: The Jewish Community of Vilna Before Its Destruction in World War II

The World Was Ours, a film by Vilna native Mira Jedwabnik Van Doren, will screen at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie on Sunday February 12 @ 1:30 PM.

Once known as the “Jerusalem of the North,” Vilna (now Lithuania) was a vibrant center of Jewish learning and culture. The World Was Ours is narrated by Mandy Patinkin, draws on interviews with survivors and scholars, and makes extensive use of archival photographs and film footage. Q&A with filmmaker Mira Jedwabnik Van Doren follows the screening.

Reservations are required! Click HERE for more information on the ILHMEC website.

NOTE: This film was originally scheduled for last September as part of the Chicago YIVO Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture, so we are very pleased to announce this new opportunity to finally see The World Was Ours in Metro Chicago.

CFIC: Gei Oni

November 14, 2011

The Chicago YIVO Society (in collaboration with Films for Two) was the proud sponsor of Dan Wolman’s new film Gei Oni. at this year’s Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema.

Our screening was Sunday Nov 6th @ 3:30 PM at the AMC Northbrook Court, followed by a private dinner for Wolman at DiPescara Restaurant.

 

The screening was sold out! Sheynem Dank to everyone who attended & special thanks to the staff at DiPescara for a delightful evening.

Dan Wolman speaking about Gei Oni at the DiPescara reception. Pictured with Wolman below are Kate Berezutskaya (l) plus Morrie Fred, Cindy Stern & Fran Dvorkin (r).

Read more about Gei Oni in Tzivi’s Guide to the 2011 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema (in the October issue of the JUF News):

“Tamar Alkan makes an unforgettable screen debut as ‘Fania’ in Gei Oni (Valley of Fortitude). Fania is a refined young woman who arrives in Turkish Palestine circa 1882 traumatized by the Ukrainian pogroms which decimated her family. Moving to a settlement near Sfat, she must build a new life for herself while coming to terms with her past. Gei Oni, directed with epic scope and historical precision by Dan Wolman, has already received festival awards in France, Germany and Romania.”

Chava Alberstein Doc

June 29, 2011
 
NOTE: Replacing the film originally scheduled on this date!!! 
 

Chava Alberstein

Date: Sept 8 (Thurs)

Time: 12:15 PM
 
Where: Skokie Public Library
 
Too Early to be Quiet, Too Late to Sing
 
In this poignant documentary, world-famous Israeli singer Chava Alberstein gives expression to her endless love of Yiddish poetry.

Six million Jews perished during the Holocaust and with them their spoken language, but a small core of survivors continued to create in Yiddish.  Alberstein set out to interview these last writers of Yiddish poetry, to hear their poems and stories.

In addition to singing classic Yiddish folk songs, Alberstein also creates new music for several of the poems recited in this film.  The full set of 15 poems of the greatest Yiddish poets of the 20th century can be found on her CD The Well (performed in collaboration with The Klezmatics).

 The title “Too Early To Be Quiet, Too Late To Sing” comes from the work of Yiddish poet Binem Hiller (words which express the status of Yiddish literature today).