Baal in Buenos Ai
2003 • 40 min. Spanish with English Subtitles • Color • USA
Filmmaker Beth Toni Kruvant has made another
film that deals with the many lives of Jews in
other lands. Just fascinating. A special direc-
tor's selection award film.
Rose and David Handleman
This documentary provides insight into the diffi-
cult situation faced by the Jews of Argentina
during recent economic and political crises. See
them struggle to retain their Jewish heritage and
homes in a country which has its own peculiar
history of anti-Semitism, underscored by the 1994
bombing of the Jewish Center where hundreds
died, The community still demands justice, but a
corrupt government linked to international ter-
rorism with local complicity gives no satisfaction.
One word comes to mind: courageous!
2002 • 90 min. • English with subtitles
as necessary • Color/BW • USA
Sponsored in memory of Robert Portnoy by Maida Portnoy,
Rachel Portnoy and Adam Eichner & family, and Edward
Portnoy and Mira Blushtein & family.
"See it if you have a soul." Andrew Sarris, The
New York Observer, "Miraculous." The New
Yorker, "Fascinating." The New Republic,
"Riveting." LA Weekly, "Uplifting!" Pittsburgh Post
Gazette, "Not to be missed." The Forward
When Jews were trying to escape Nazi persecution, the sin-
gle place that didn't require entrance visas was Shanghai,
then an international city. Jews, penniless and unprepared
for life in the Far East, embarked on a miraculous, inspiring
survival story. This film tells that story with interviews, rare let-
ters, old photos and footage shot in modern Shanghai where
the Jewish Ghetto remains mostly unchanged, Narrated by
Oscar winner Martin Landau, it tells of the refugees, their rela-
tionships with the local Chinese, the occupying Japanese
army and the attempts of the American Jewish community
to help them. What a tale! Ken Fox of TV Guide says, "As riv-
eting as if it just happened yesterday!"
UNITED ARTISTS BIRMI GRAM 8