The 2019 Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will present the 2014 documentary The Yatzkans, directed by Anna-Celia Kendall, for its February showing.
“What to do with all of my mother’s stuff and that beat-up piano?” asks the filmmaker. In this intriguing and complex documentary, Kendall traces her family’s journey across war-torn 20th century Europe. Searching through her deceased mother’s effects leads her to discover that her grandfather was the founder of a major Yiddish paper. The persecution of European Jewry thus becomes a central element in the Yatzkans’ story, and the Holocaust takes an increasingly prominent place in the film.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Pier Marton, presently the “Unlearning Specialist” at the School of No Media. Besides Yad Vashem, he has lectured on his artwork at the Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum, and the Walker Art Center. He has taught at several major U.S. universities. Marton’s father, photographer Ervin Marton, was in the French Résistance.
The screening will be at 1 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater at 12 Millstone Campus Drive. The film is in English and French with English subtitles. Films in this Sunday series are free and open to the public.
Learn more and RSVP at HMLC.org/Rosenberg-Film-Series. For further information, call 314-442-3711. The 2019 Sunday Afternoon Film Series is generously sponsored by Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg.