The Flat will begin in San Francisco and Berkeley. The Flat (Hadira) is an award-winning Israeli documentary. The synopsis sounds intriguing and describes the movie as a puzzle and a mystery:
At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades after immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930's. Sifting through a mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger undertook the complex process of making sense of the accumulated ephemera of a lifetime. In the process, he began to uncover clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story: a chronicle of the unexpected yet inevitable ethical ambiguities and repressed emotions that arise when everyday friendships suddenly cross enemy lines. He follows the hints his grandparents left behind to investigate long-buried family secrets and unravel the mystery of their painful past. The result is a moving family portrait and an insightful look at the ways different generations deal with the memory of the Holocaust.
The Flat will be playing at the Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, (415) 346-1124; and at Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 644-2992. The information I received does not specify whether the movie is subtitled or dubbed, but the promotional poster shows the title in Hebrew, so I'm guessing subtitles (which is better anyway), but I could be wrong.
The other event is a presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, at Temple Sinai in Oakland. In his talk "Greek Jewry and the Little Shul That Could", Jim Mavrikios will discuss the history of Greek Jewry and of Kehila Kadosha Janina, the Greek Romaniote synagogue in New York City. Romaniote Jews were neither Ashkenazic or Sephardic. Mavrikios has spoken about Kehila Kadosha Janina previously but has made new discoveries. Information about Greek Jews is especially significant because most Greek Jews (more than 80%) were killed during the Holocaust. And they'll be serving ouzo!
Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Two Upcoming Jewish Presentations in San Francisco Bay Area
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The movie is in English with subtitles over some dialogue that is in Hebrew.
The San Francisco theater location has changed. It is now playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level (http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/sanfrancisco/embarcaderocentercinema.htm) instead of the Clay.