VCJFF FILM EVENT: Violins in Wartime
Sponsored by Joel Aaronson & The Affordable Living Choices Trust
Guest Speaker: Ravit Markus, President/Producer
"VIOLINS IN WARTIME" - The power of music as a symbol of sanity in a time of war is the major theme of this moving documentary. Amnon Weinstein and his adult son Avishai work together on their highly specialized labor of love: the making and repairing of violins. When the Second Lebanon War breaks out in the summer of 2006, Amnon struggles to keep his international master classes for young violinists from being canceled. At the same time he is also worrying about Avishai, who has been drafted into the war.
"THROUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE" - In 1942, at age fifteen, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz defied Nazi orders and fled her Polish village with her younger sister, rather than report to the train station with other Jews from her hometown. She and her sister hid in plain sight for the rest of the war under the invented identities of Polish Catholic farmgirls, never to see their family again.
Decades later, haunted by memories, Krinitz turned to needle and thread to share scenes both tender and tragic, creating 36 large and beautiful panels of fabric collage and embroidery. This film artfully captures the pain of Krinitz's story, the love and hope she held onto, and the incredible artistry of her fabric depictions of her experiences.
Awards: Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz had its world premiere at the Washington Jewish Film Festival in December 2011, where it won the Audience Favorite Documentary Award, and was shown at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival in February 2012, earning the Audience Choice for Best Short.
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