Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
The glory days of the Yiddish stage are brought to life in this funny saga of a legendary theatrical family, the Bursteins. Arriv ing in New York in 1924, Pesach’ke Burstein, the dancing-singing comedian, quickly became a leading figure in the Golden Era of Yiddish theater. On stage, he met and fell in love iwht rising star Lillian Lux who would become his wife. Embarking together on triumphant overseas tours as a couple, soon the Bursteins became the parents of twins, Mike and Susan, who before long were given stage names and accompanied their parents regularly on stage as the family performed around the globe. In time, however, the pressures of theatrical life would take its toll on the family. Smoothly incorporating rare archival footage and interviews with Yiddish stage veterans (including Fyvush Finkel), this tightly edited, briskly paced documentary is as richly bittersweet – filled with laughter and tears, schmaltz and grit – as the Yiddish theater itself. Released in 2000, 85 minutes.
Past Films from Fall 2015
Special Film Screening: Price For Freedom
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Based on the book & true story of Dr. Marc Benhuri, an Iranian Jew who served as the dentist for the Shah of Iran worked to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The dentist-turned-manufacturer-turned-ex-patriot rebelled with an arsenal of activities to save family and friends from the extremist regime—and to hamper one of their greatest coups, the American Hostage Crisis. One ordinary man’s amazing true story courage, justice, and liberty.
Special Guest: Dr. Marc Benhuri
The Forgotten Genocide
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 12:10 PM
The first full-length feature film on the Armenian Genocide of 1915. This documentary details the genocide by Turks through eyewitness accounts and interviews with survivors, combined with rare archival film footage. Narrated by television and motion picture star Mike Connors. Armenian born J. Michael Hagopian, who was a political science and economics professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), was unsatisfied with the quality of educational films available. Hagopian left his teaching post and picked up a camera to produce and direct on topics ranging from Black history to Nigerian culture. Born in Kharpert-Mezreh, Hagopian's search for his roots and the history of his people have won him critical acclaim, including two nominations for Emmys for the writing and production of The Forgotten Genocide. Hagopian's work encompasses nearly 400 survivor interviews and 20 years of research. In 1979, Hagopian founded the Armenian Film Foundation, a California non-profit organization, to document the Armenian culture and instill pride in Armenian youth worldwide. His other films include: Jerusalem - Center of Many Worlds and the first full-color film on the Nile River, which took first place at the Cleveland Film Festival in 1950. His next, Asian Earth, won the Golden Reel Award at the American Film Festival and first place at the Cleveland and Boston film festivals. Released in 1975, 28 minutes.