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The first film, which will screen in January, titled Who Will Write Our History, tells the story of a resistance group in the Warsaw Ghetto. The screening will be co-presented with a local Synagogue (Kehillath Shalom Synagogue) and will include a post-film discussion led by Rabbi Lina Zerbarini. The second film, Nobody Wants Us, recounts the experiences of a group of Jewish refugees who were denied entry to the United States. This event will feature an in-person discussion with the film’s director and representatives from the Sousa Mendes Foundation. The final screening, taking place in March, is a powerful retelling of Anne Frank’s life through the examination of her diary.
Nobody Wants Us
On Sunday, February 2nd at 10 AM the Cinema Arts Centre will be partnering with the Sousa Mendes Foundation to present the documentary film “Nobody Wants Us”. This screening will be accompanied by a post-film discussion and Q&A with the film’s director Laura Seltzer-Duny in person. (Includes a bagel breakfast before the film)
Synopsis: In 1940, a ship called the S.S. Quanza left the port of Lisbon carrying several hundred Jewish refugees to freedom. Most of them held life-saving visas issued by the Holocaust rescuer Aristides de Sousa Mendes. But events went terribly wrong, and the passengers became trapped on the ship when no country would accept them. Nobody Wants Us tells the gripping true story of how Eleanor Roosevelt stepped in to save the passengers on board, believing them to be “future patriotic Americans” rather than “undesirables” as labeled by the US State Department. (USA, 2019, English | Dir. Laura Seltzer-Duny)
Program Event Fees: $15 Cinema Arts Centre Members | $20 Public