The Oregon Jewish Museum and Oregon Holocaust Resource Center are working together to bring a noontime film series to the community that focus on themes of bearing witness, reconciliation, and redemption.
All films are free to the public and begin at 12:00pm at OJM and OHRC’s building at 1953 NW Kearney St.
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard) contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps’ quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage. With Night and Fog, Resnais investigates the cyclical nature of man’s violence toward man and presents the unsettling suggestion that such horrors could come again. 35 minutes with discussion following. Optional showing of In Her Own Words: Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman Interview (45 mins.)
The documentary film, Coexist, tells the stories of trauma survivors searching for ways to coexist with their loved ones’ murderers. As the Rwandan government forces citizens to consider reconciliation, we examine the varied paths survivors choose when forced to engage with people who perpetrated crimes during the genocide. In a world where innocent people are attacked or killed because of who they are, we challenge you: how can Rwandans experiences inform efforts to build peaceful coexistence, eliminate hate crimes, and prevent violence? 40 minutes + extra video footage.
With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man – also named Jonathan Safran Foer – sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war; an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior; and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past. 106 minutes.