FALL 2016 Films
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 12:10 PM
In 1944 Hungary, 14-year-old Gyorgy Koves, a young Jewish student, quits school after his father is taken by the Nazis to a forcedlabor camp. Working at a brickyard to provide for his family in his father’s absence, Gyorgy is seized during a police raid and sent to Auschwitz. Lying about his age, Gyorgy must figure out how to survive life in the camp, while embracing his entrance into adulthood and struggling with the question of what it means to be a Jew.
Released in 2005, 140 minutes.
As If I Am Not There
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 12:10 PM
Samira is a modern schoolteacher in Sarjevo who takes a job in a small country village just as the Bosnsian War is beginning to escalate. Shortly after her arrival, Serbian soldiers overrun the village, shoot the men and keep the women as slaves. Samira must navigate her way through this new hellish way of life, struggling to maintain a sense of self as she dissociates from her continued abuse.
Released in 2009, 109 minutes.
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 12:10 PM
In the years after World War II, Sol Nazerman, a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, lives his days in New York City as an emotionless pawnbroker. Having lost his family and faith, as well as any belief in the goodness of man, Sol lives a primarily solitary life, plagued by flashbacks to his wartime memories. Turning away anyone who attempts to reach out to him, including a kindly social worker and one of his own employees, Sol struggles to find any meaning in his, or anyone else’s, existence.
Released in 1965, 116 minutes.
Son of Saul
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 12:10 PM
Taking place over the course of two days, this film follows Saul Auslander, a Hungarian prisoner assigned work as a Sonderkommando at the Auschwitz crematoriums. Forced to work among the corpses of his own people, Saul has been numbed to the daily horror, until he comes across the body of a young boy. Imagining the boy to be his illegitimate son, Saul experiences a spiritual awakening, and seeks to provide the boy with a proper Jewish burial. Saul attempts the impossible, all while taking part in the preparations for a prisoner rebellion.
Released in 2015, 107 minutes.
SPRING 2017 Films
Judgment at Nuremberg
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 12:10 PM
In 1947, four judges who served prominently on the bench during the Nazi regime, using their office to enforce racist and cruel laws, face a military tribunal, headed by retired American jurist, Dan Haywood. As America cautiously steps onto the stage as a world power, Chief JusticenHaywood must balance the need to seek justice for those who weremunfairly prosecuted under Nazi law, while also remaining cognizant of the limitations of the court in condemning an entire nation.
Released in 1961, 179 minutes.
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 12:10 PM
Granito is a follow-up to the feature-length film, When the Mountains Tremble (1984), which was one of the first documentary records of the Guatemalan Civil War. Granito reviews the struggle of the past thirty years to bring Guatemala’s exdictator, José Efraín Ríos Montt, to justice for the genocide committed against Guatemala’s Mayan population in the eighties. Flashing back and forth from the present to the past, Granito examines how Mountains served as a catalyst in bringing the genocide of the Guatemalan Mayans to the public consciousness, which led to Montt’s successful prosecution.
Released in 2011, 82 minutes.
Sometimes in April
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at 12:10 PM
Honor Butera and Augustin Muganza are Hutu brothers living in Rwanda at the time of the Rwandan genocide. Augustin, a captain in the Rwandan Army, struggles to safely ferry his Tutsi wife and child out of Rwanda. The film follows the brothers in the lead up to the genocide, through their division over politics once the genocide begins, and then examines the aftermath as they, and Rwanda, try to find justice and reconciliation
Released in 2005, 140 minutes.
Woman in Gold
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 12:10 PM
Sixty years after fleeing Vienna in the wake of the Anschluss, Maria Altmann, now an elderly Jewish widow living in Los Angeles, seeks to reclaim family possession that were seized by the Nazis. Chief among them is a famous portrait of Marias beloved Aunt Adele: Gustave Klimts Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, more commonly known as Woman in Gold. With the help of a young lawyer, Randy Schoeberg, they embark upon a legal battle with the Austrian government to recover the painting and others, ultimately ending up in the Supreme Court of the United States.
Released in 2015, 109 minutes.