Event Information
Center for Jewish History, YUM, YIVO Presents
Going Home
Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Return of Nathan Becker and 16 mm Postcards: Home Movies of American Jewish Visitors to 1930s Poland

Length: 2 hrs 00 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

6pm - Exhibition Tour of 16 mm Postcards: Home Movies of American Jewish Visitors to 1930s Poland
6:30pm - Films and Discussion

Leaving home for another land is rarely a simple affair; returning can be even more fraught with emotion, confronting the realities of change and the frailties of memory. This evening of film and commentary will provide a glimpse into early 20th century immigrant experiences traveling back to homelands from sojourns in America. Seen through the lens of amateur movies of immigrant American Jews as well as through the screening of the fascinating, rarely-shown Yiddish/Russian propaganda-comedy The Return of Nathan Becker (Nosn Beker Fort Aheym, 1932), these films offer an intimate and – literally – moving picture of Jewish families, towns and societies in pre-World War II eastern Europe. The post-screening discussion will be led by J. Hoberman, film critic at The Village Voice and author of the classic history Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film between Two Worlds (newly reissued in an expanded edition) and Jonathan Brent, Executive Director of YIVO and author of Inside the Stalin Archives (2008) and Stalin's Last Crime (2003). Mr. Hoberman will be signing copies of his publication at the end of the program.

*Please arrive 30 minutes early to clear security and choose your seat.

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