Aleksander Ford / Poland 1936 / 63 min. / DCP / V.O.S.C.
Tuesday 19/9 18.30h
Sala Laya – Filmoteca de Catalunya
Release in Spain
In memoriam Hinda Waiselfisz
A rare record of Jewish life in Poland before World War II, this 1936 film was produced in several language versions as an international fundraiser for the Medem Sanatorium near Warsaw, a clinic sponsored by the General Union of Jewish Workers that provided care and an escape from urban poverty for some 10,000 children between 1926 and 1939. Directed in a Soviet-influenced style by Alexander Ford, a committed Communist who later became the head of Poland’s National Film School, the film follows three children as they gradually overcome their emotional withdrawal and distrust and enter the communal life of the institution.
Presentation by Golda Van der Meer, researcher specializing in Yiddish literature