I’m excited to announce that the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, which is on now, has very generously offered to giveaway 10 tickets to screenings of ‘The Unvanquished’ and ‘From Russia with Falafel’.
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From Russia with Falafel
A new generation of Russian-Israeli filmmakers turn their cameras on themselves and their community in this collection of impressive fiction and documentary short films, which includes a new comedy from filmmaker Leon Prudovsky (Five Hours from Paris, TJFF 2010).
Monday, May 5 – 6:45pm at the ROM (St. George/Bloor)
Wednesday, May 7 – 6:30pm at Empress Walk (Yonge/Sheppard)
A rarely-screened landmark film that was not just the first Soviet film that portrayed the mass murder of the Jewish people it was one of the first Holocaust films worldwide. It remains one of the rare films that portray “Holocaust by bullets,” mass executions that killed millions of Soviet Jews even before the death camps. The execution scene was filmed on location in Babi Yar in Kiev, a place which came to symbolize the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. The Unvanquished introduced a number of motifs that appear in later international films: a hidden Jewish child, a character of a righteous gentile, and a tragic procession of Jews being marched towards their death. Made by the famous Soviet director Marc Donskoy (The Childhood of Maxim Gorky) and starring the great Soviet- Yiddish actor Veniamin Zuskin.
Guest: Professor and author Dr. Olga Gershenson
Sunday, May 4 – 5pm at Empress Walk (Yonge/Sheppard)
Monday, May 5 – 1pm at Koffler House (U of T campus)
(Learn more about “The Unvanquished” and the censored Soviet Holocaust film industry – read my article on Olga Gershenson’s book, “The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe” in Tablet Magazine.)