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NEW FILMS ABOUT WOMEN AND THE HOLOCAUST IN 2014
Return to a Burning House, a film about Holocaust heroine Haviva Reick, will have its premiere in 2014. Read more about Haviva Reick. For more information about the film, see the trailer and a brochure (PDF 2.8MB).
Triangles, which uses interviews and images from the Holocaust to weave together a story about Hitler's victims that are often left out of history.
Gisi, a film about Gisi Fleischmann, a woman who was a heroine of the Holocaust in Slovakia.
Anita B, a fictionalized film about the life of Edith Bruck.

FILMS BY REMEMBER THE WOMEN INSTITUTE ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Grace Paley: Selected Shorts by Lilly Rivlin - wins awards
Out from the Shadows: The Story of Irene and Frédéric Joliot Curie by Rosemarie Reed
Defiance, a film about Bielski brothers, by Prof. Nechama Tec
Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace by Lilly Rivlin

OTHER RELATED FILMS
Screaming Silence, a film by Ronnie Sarnat
Here One Day, a film by Kathy Leichter
A Revolutionary in Rio by Ruth Almog, reviewed by Rochelle G. Saidel

TWO RECENT FILMS THAT PORTRAY TRAFFICKING
The Holy Land, a film about trafficking in Israel today
Lost Zweig, a film that depicts the Polacas in Rio de Janeiro

THE JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL, JULY 10-19, 2003
Brief reviews by Rochelle G. Saidel on films related to the theme of women and the Holocaust, the Holocaust in general, and women's lives.


The New York premiere of Esther Broner: A Weave of Women, a film by noted feminist filmmaker and Remember the Women Institute Advisory Board member Lilly Rivlin, will take place at 7 PM on March 24, 2014 at the JCC of the Upper West Side, Manhattan. A panel discussion including Lilly Rivlin and Letty Pogrebin will follow the screening of the film.

Congratulations to Advisory Board member Lilly Rivlin, whose film, Grace Paley: Collected Shorts (see below),
just won the People's Choice Awards at the Starz Denver Film Festival.
Other showings include:

Washington, D.C. Jewish Film Festival, December, 5, 2010
Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, December 8, Israel
Dec. 9th, Tel Aviv Cinemateque, Israel
Dec. 12 Haifa Cinemateque, Israel
New York Jewish Film Festival, at Walter Reade, Lincoln Center, New York in mid-January, 2011
The film also won the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary Woodstock Film Festival.
Distributor: www.jewishfilm.org
More information: www.gracepaleythefilm.com
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao1h48Ct2gQ


Grace Paley: Collected ShortsWORLD PREMIERE
“GRACE PALEY: COLLECTED SHORTS” BY LILLLY RIVLIN AT SAN FRANCICO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

New York icon, author/activist Grace Paley is alive and well in Lilly  Rivlin’s latest film which has its World Premier at  the preeminent San Francisco Jewish Film festival at the fabled Castro theatre in San Francisco on July 25 at 11:00 am and continues to Berkeley, August 1, at 12:00 at the Roda Theatre, as well as to other sites in Northern California. 

The 75 minute documentary, "GRACE PALEY: COLLECTED SHORTS" is a comprehensive history of one of our most beloved writers.  Rivlin chose to make a film about Grace Paley because she “combined the best of all possible worlds- literature, politics, and love of humanity. Grace was a real mensch.”  

Grace Paley’s life illuminates the major protest movements of the latter part of the 20th century, culminating in the feminist movement, regarded by some social theorists as the most important movement of those tumultuous times. Translated into 92 languages, Paley was New York’s first official state author and past poet laureate of Vermont. Ranked among the great writers of her generation by peers like Philip Roth, Paley combined a life as a master short story writer, compared to Chekhov, with political activism, motherhood, teaching and being a cherished friend.  

The film takes the viewer on a journey from Grace’s early life as the child of Russian Jewish refugees who fled oppression for the freedom of America.  They were Socialists who instilled in her a passion for justice. Later, her talent for writing poetry was encouraged by W.H. Auden with whom she studied. Grace went on to teach creative writing for twenty-two years at Sarah Lawrence College where she was a major influence on her students artistically while inspiring their social and political “Responsibility” (the title of what is arguably her most emblematic poem)."Grace Paley: Collected Shorts" has no narration. The structure is a visual parallel of Paley’s life and writings revealed in colorful “shorts” and told in her own voice. 

Rivlin, whose films "The Tribe" and "Gimme a Kiss" both premiered at the SFJFF is no stranger to the Bay area.  She was a graduate student in political science at the U. of California, Berkeley in the heady and turbulent '60s.  She became a filmmaker in midlife, documenting women, both notable and ordinary who have one thing in common…they are all political.  In producing Grace Paley’s story, her first biography, Rivlin teamed up with three-time Emmy award winner Margaret Murphy.  The two first worked together on Rivlin’s last film “Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace.”
Press kit available upon request.
Related websites: www.gracepaleythefilm.com and www.lillyrivlin.com/


AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER ROSEMARIE REED, A REMEMBER THE WOMEN ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER, AGAIN PUTS WOMEN INTO HISTORY WITH HER NEW FILM, OUT FROM THE SHADOWS: THE STORY OF IRENE AND FRÉDÉRIC JOLIOT CURIE. AIRS ON PBS JUNE 11, 2009.

Science is the foundation of all progress that improves human life and diminishes suffering.” (Irène Curie)

Out from the Shadows: The Story of Irene and Frédéric Joliot Curie
Irene Joliot-CuriePremieres June 11, 2009, 10 pm on PBS

Producer: Rosemarie Reed
Narrator:  Julianne Moore

KQED is proud to present Out from the Shadows: The Story of Irène and Frédéric Joliot Curie, featuring the life and times of Irène Joliot-Curie, the eldest daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie. Although less well known than her legendary parents, Irène and her husband, Frédéric, were extraordinary scientists in their own right, having made a contribution of equally ground-breaking significance to nuclear physics. Like her parents, they, too, were awarded a Nobel Prize. And since Rosemarie Reed—who always finds the intriguing stories of remarkable women scientists—is the producer, we know there is much more to the documentary than the clear and excellent science it contains.  Coming of age in the early 20th Century, Irène’s life is filled with wartime incidents, absent parents, emotional and political turmoil and her brilliance—all of which must be told.     

Making use of Curie family photos and home movies, as well as interviews, letters, stock footage, and dramatizations, Out from the Shadows reveals Irène’s genius as a scientist and mathematician.  It shows, for example, the Joliot-Curie's creation of the first radioactive atom that did not exist in nature, marking the beginning of a new era in out relationship to matter. Artificial radioactivity, we all know, has enabled crucial beneficent advances. such as in cancer therapy.  But, we also know all-too-well about the threats to our existence from the weapons it has produced.

Out from the Shadows captures Irène’s pluckiness and fortitude.  Viewers see an 18-year-old Irène telling a surgeon on the battlefield how to position the X-ray in order to locate shrapnel in an injured soldier’s leg.  When Irène travels to Amiens to install another X-ray unit, military authorities announce that her equipment can not be unpacked for at least fifteen days. Coolly requisitioning a sergeant and a medical student, she unpacks the railroad car and, in less than an hour, installs the units.  Irène would say later, “I surmounted the little difficulties of the moment.”

Irène’s childhood and youth are marked by extremes at opposite ends.  She has access to opportunities which other children, even talented ones, could only dream of.  But she and her younger sister grow up deprived of their parents’ presence. Sometimes the two girls do not see their parents for weeks, even months. Her father dies in an accident when Irène is nine. Irène manages a complicated and intense scientific and personal relationship with her mother, Marie Curie, over the years, while her sister Ève, who was always less diplomatic and discreet, speaks openly of an unhappy childhood as an adult.

After the war, viewers of Out from the Shadows learn about Irène and Frédéric’s efforts at peace and Irène’s health issues.  They attend many conferences for peace, atomic weapons bans, and women’s rights that result in political repercussions.  Like her mother, Irène has health problems.  She paid a high price for ignoring the dangers of radiation because when she was a young researcher on the road to sensational discoveries, there was an obsessiveness in her that overruled all self-protective impulses. 

Out from the Shadowsis produced Rosemarie Reed. It is presented by KQED and distributed by PBS.  The underwriter is The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


Defiance
Coming to theaters beginning December 31, 2008: Defiance, a film about the Bielski brothers, who led a group of Jewish partisans in Belarus during the Holocaust. The film is based on the book by the same name by Prof. Nechama Tec, a member of the Advisory Board of Remember the Women Institute.

Daniel Craig stars as Tuvia Bielski, one of four Jewish brothers who escape from Poland into the forests of Belarus during World War II to lead a band of resistance fighters and create a safe haven for Jewish refugees. The real-life sanctuary established by the Bielski brothers saved more than 1,000 Jews from persecution and death. Edward Zwick directs this historical drama.


 

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