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Film Series: Shimon’s Returns (2014)

A collector of memories and a seeker of good will, Shimon takes us on a journey through Poland and Ukraine, uncovering the brighter sides of dark times.

Shimon's Return
This year is 70 years since the end of the Nazi Holocaust.

This month is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

To mark this occasion, on Wednesday 28th January, GRAMNet brings you SHIMON’S RETURNS.

The documentary shot in Poland, Ukraine and Israel tells the story of Shimon Redlich, a Holocaust survivor who returns to places from his childhood as well as different hiding places in his struggle to survive. A collector of memories and a seeker of good will, Shimon takes us on a journey through Poland and Ukraine, uncovering the brighter sides of dark times. The film also employs archival footage from the 1948 Yiddish film “Unzere Kinder”, where Shimon had a role as a child actor.

Dr Mia Spiro lecturer in Jewish Studies will join us to give a response to the film, and be part of our post-show discussion.

We are also happy to announce that Shimon, the protagonist of the film, along with director Slawomir Grünberg, will be joining us on Skype to answer questions from the audience.

Check out the trailer:

Directors biographies:

Slawomir Grünberg  is an Emmy award-winning documentary producer, director and cinematographer. A graduate of the Polish Film School in Lodz, he emigrated from Poland to the US in 1981, and has since directed and produced over 40 television documentaries. “School Prayer: A Community at War” premiered on PBS in the 1999 POV season, received a National Emmy Award, and won awards at many film festivals around the world. Grünberg’s DOP credits include: “Legacy” (Academy Award nomination for best documentary feature in 2001), and “Sister Rose’s Passion”, which won best short doc at Tribeca Film Festival in 2004 and received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary short in 2005.

Katka Reszke is a writer, documentary filmmaker, photographer and researcher in Jewish history, culture, and identity. She holds a Doctorate in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a recipient of fellowships from the Mandel Foundation and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Author of “Return Of The Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generation of Jews in Poland”, she lectures on different aspects of the Polish-Jewish experience at educational and cultural institutions across North America and Europe. Her documentary film titles include: “Coming Out Polish Style”, “Magda” and “Shimon’s Returns”

Doors open at 5.30pm. Screenings start at 6.00pm.

As usual, screenings are free and welcome to all (age restrictions apply) To guarantee a seat, tickets can be booked by visiting the CCA website or by calling +44 (0)141 352 4900.

Tickets must be collected from the CCA Box Office by 5.45pm, otherwise they will be released back into the system.


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