The 2018 Sunday Afternoon Film Series is generously sponsored by
Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg.
- All screenings are free of charge and begin at 1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.
- All events take place at the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. If our space is unavailable because of building renovations, another location will be given.
- Films are in English, unless otherwise noted.
- Please RSVP to each film by calling 314-442-3711 or by emailing AGoldfeder@JFedSTL.org.
- For more information, call 314-442-3714 or email DReich@JFedSTL.org.
No films in May or September due to holidays.
January 21 (note special date)
Never Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity
Directed by Leila Nadya Sadat
USA, 2017, 46 minutes
Following World War II, an international tribunal convicted Nazi leaders of crimes against humanity. Today, however, some 70 years later, the world still lacks a global treaty for the prevention and punishment of such crimes despite their ongoing perpetration. Stark testimony from survivors of these continuing crimes and calls from international experts working to remedy this gap in international law and justice, present a compelling case for the adoption of a new global treaty by the international community. This film features the testimony of St. Louis survivor, Ben Fainer, of blessed memory. A short film about his life will also be screened.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by filmmaker Leila Sadat, the James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law and Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law.
Life is Beautiful (La Vita e Bella)
Directed by Roberto Benigni
Italy, 1997, 116 minutes
In Italian with English subtitles
Academy Award winner Roberto Benigni portrays an Italian Jewish librarian whose family becomes ensnared in the Holocaust. As a doting father, he employs his fertile imagination to shield his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp. This film also won an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Robert A. Cohn, film reviewer and Editor–in-Chief Emeritus, St. Louis Jewish Light. Bob Cohn has served as co-Chair for the St. Louis Jewish Film Festival and he teaches film courses for OASIS and the Center for Jewish Learning.
Directed by Michal Jaskulski and Lawrence Loewinger
Poland, USA, 2016, 90 minutes
Polish, English and Hebrew with English subtitles
In a story that begins with murder and ends with reconciliation, one man persuades the people of Kielce, Poland to confront the truth about the darkest moment in their past: Kielce was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom. In 1946, 40 Holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown building were murdered by townspeople. Communist authorities suppressed the story, leaving the town deeply embittered. Conflict over the pogrom was still a festering wound when Bogdan Bialek, a Catholic Pole, moved to Kielce in the late 1970s. He was shocked by the poisoned atmosphere of his new town. Trained as a psychologist, he has made it his life’s work both to persuade people to embrace their past and to reconnect the city with the international Jewish community.
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 US universities. Marton’s father, photographer Ervin Marton, was in the French Résistance. Please check out Pier Marton’s interview with one of the co-directors, Lawrence Loewinger, at PierMarton.info/Bogdans-Journey-A-Brief-Interview-With-Larry-Loewinger.
I Accuse (Ich klage an)
Directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Germany, 1941, 110 minutes
In German with English subtitles
In this Nazi-era melodrama, a successful doctor gives his incurably ill wife a fatal overdose and is put on trial for murder. The popular film presented an argument for euthanasia at a time when the killing of the mentally and physically disabled was already in process.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Dr. Warren Rosenblum, currently Chair of the History, Politics and International Relations Department at Webster University. As Visiting Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (2017), Dr. Rosenblum pursued research for his project “The Feeble-Minded in Germany: Between Sympathy and Persecution.”
No film in May
Run Boy Run
Directed by Pepe Danquart
Germany, 2014, 107 minutes
German, Polish, Russian, Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles
This powerful saga of courage and compassion tells the extraordinary true story of a young Polish boy’s struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and maintain his Jewish faith through his intrepid will and the kindness of others. Escaping the Warsaw ghetto, nine-year-old Srulik flees to the woods, where he learns to hide from SS patrols and scour for food, until loneliness and the onset of winter drive him back to civilization. An unforgettable cinematic experience featuring exceptional performances and arresting cinematography. Based on the bestselling novel by Israeli author Uri Orlev.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Dr. Zvi Tannenbaum, former Professor of History at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Dr. Tannenbaum, who received his Ph.D. at Stanford University, is also a founding member of the Holocaust Educators and Academic Roundtable of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in Kansas City.
Directed by Dana Janklowicz-Mann and Amir Mann
USA, 2002, 95 minutes
Mostly English, some subtitles
Narrated by Academy Award winner Martin Landau, this documentary records the story of thousands of Jews who, in the late 1930s, sought refuge in Japanese-controlled Shanghai. Survivors described how they formed a community in the “exotic” city, penniless and unprepared for their new lives in the far East.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Rabbi Yosef Landa, Regional Director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis. Rabbi Landa’s father escaped to Shanghai in order to survive the Holocaust.
Directed by Costa-Gavras
France, 2002, 132 minutes
English, French, Italian, German with English subtitles
This powerful but controversial film is based on a real-life character, Kurt Gurstein, who secretly but unsuccessfully approached the Swedish Consulate, the German Protestant community and the Papal Nuncio to Germany in the hopes of exposing the annihilation of European Jewry.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Mark Edward Ruff, Professor of History at St. Louis University, where his areas of teaching include modern European history, European religious history and Nazi Germany. His most recent publication, The Battle for the Catholic Past in Germany, 1945-1980, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.
No film screening in September
Marriage in the Shadows (Ehe im Schatten)
Directed by Kurt Maetzig
Germany, 1947, 104 minutes
German with English subtitles
In this classic East German film, which spans a 10 year period starting in 1933, Hans Wieland, a celebrated German film and theater actor, marries Jewish actress Elisabeth Maurer at the onset of the Nazi era. Anti-Semitic policies increasingly infringe on their lives, and the couple struggles to survive. Hans is finally given an ultimatum by a friend who has become a Nazi official: save himself by divorcing his wife.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Brad Prager, Professor of Film Studies and German at the University of Missouri. His research areas include Film History, Contemporary German Cinema and Holocaust Studies. His publications include the recent book, After the Fact: The Holocaust in Twenty-First Century Documentary Film (2015), as well as a book on the German director Werner Herzog, and an edited volume entitled Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory (2008).
Directed by Gary Ross
USA, 1998, 124 minutes
Individuality and conformity are some of the central themes in this fantasy about a high school aged brother and sister who are magically transported into a black and white 1950s family television show. Starring Toby McGuire, Reese Witherspoon, Joan Allen and William H. Macy.
Introduction and post-screening discussion facilitated by Drew Newman, who received a Bachelor’s Degree in film from Syracuse University. His film, The Man Who Loved Flowers, appeared in the Stephen King Dollar Baby Festival in Los Angeles and Belgium.
Directed by Steven Spielberg
USA, 1993, 195 minutes
Twenty-five years ago, Steven Spielberg created this seminal, award-winning film based on the true story of rescuer Oskar Schindler. A member of the Nazi party, Schindler felt compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews, saving about 1100 Jewish lives. Starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Erin McGlothlin, Associate Professor of German and Jewish Studies at Washington University. Dr. McGlothlin’s main research interests are German-Jewish literature and the literature of the Holocaust. In 2006, she published Second Generation Holocaust Literature: Legacies of Survival and Perpetration.