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March 26, 2004 - Image 65

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-03-26

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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.

Co-Sponsored by
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

5 p.m.

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

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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!"

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