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March 26, 2004 - Image 78

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-03-26

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2003 . 90 min.. English, Hungarian & Yiddish with English subtitles
Color/BW • USA

A special director's selection award film. If you
ever thought of a magic carpet ride, think of a
magic sofa ride, back in time to strange places
with new customs and different languages. Hop

Sponsored by Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah and the
Anne & Larry Pernick Community Fund

This delightful film is a category-breaker. To reclaim an ancestral
couch upon which her Hasidic Rebbe grandfather may have
slept, Peal Gluck travels from Brooklyn to Hungary. She wrestles
with the faith of her ancestors, their heartbreaking fate and
extraordinary resilience, and finally, what it means to claim both
one's tradition and one's independence.

But wait! This turns out to be a powerful spiritual journey full of
humor, a quirky Jewish family and ancestors, and profound
moments. Through the story Ms. Gluck explores feminism,
Hasidism, the Holocaust, matchmaking, upholstery, and the
meaning of Jewish identity. A message delivered with post-mod-
ern lightness and love.

Filmmaker Pearl Gluck will
join us for a post-film discussion


`Tl Collector of Bedford

2002 . 35 min.. English • Color • USA

8 p.m.

Sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan
Detroit and JARC

This Academy Award winning, often humorous,
warm-hearted film is must-see for college students,
adults who work with the disabled, those who are
interested in inclusive communities and anyone
who thinks about what it means to be human.

This is the story of developmentally disabled Larry
Selman who amazingly spends his days collecting con-
tributions for others. He has his own apartment, and his
uncle helps him in a variety of ways. But Uncle Murray,
who is 85, may not be able to care for him some day, so
the neighbors organize to figure out how Larry can
have financial security in addition to medical and
social services. Director Alice Elliott's deeply felt, multi-
faceted portrait explores Larry's family history, follows his
romance, talks about his spiritual beliefs, his occasional
suicidal feelings, and his struggle to cope with loneli-
ness. A hope-filled, heartwarming tale.

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