Fifth Annual College of Saint Elizabeth Film Festival, one of the traditional starts of the CSE academic year, is currently underway. This year’s CSE Film Festival theme is Images of Learning through Film: Journey and Enlightenment. The festival is open to the public, and admission is free.
Each film is selected by a CSE faculty member who will briefly lecture on its significance to their discipline. All films begin at a 6:30 p.m. with the exception of Rosenstrasse on November 1, which begins at 7 p.m. The films are shown in Dolan Performance Hall in the Annunciation Center on the CSE campus. The next scheduled film is Cautiva, shown on October 24, 2012. For more information, contact Dr. Anthony Santamaria, 973-290-4338; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cautiva Explores the Aftermath of the Argentinian “Dirty War”
Cautiva, an award-winning 2003 Dutch film, tells the story of a young girl who discovers that her biological parents were victims of the military junta that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. Uprooted from her affluent life, the girl is forced to go live with her grandmother who has spent the past 16 years looking for her. Although, at first, she is hurt, bitter and confused, she eventually grows to care for her grandmother and begins to research the fate of her parents -- and how much her adoptive parents knew of the truth.
Captive was an award winner at the 2003 San Sebastian Film Festival.
Rosenstrasse Tells the Story of Little Known, Yet Important Episode in Holocaust History
The nonviolent Rosentrasse protest, which took place in February and March 1943, was carried out by the non-Jewish wives and relatives of Jewish men who had been arrested for deportation. The protests escalated until the men were released. This event was one of the most significant protests during the Holocaust.
At the end of the film, Holocaust survivor Fred Hyman will share his personal moments of being at the Rosentrasse protest, and will answer questions from the audience. A native of Berlin, he was a young boy at the time of the protest. In an effort to save his father from deportation, Hyman and his mother protested for hours with the others in the streets surrounding the jail.
The film’s screening and accompanying lecture is sponsored by the CSE Holocaust Education Resource Center, the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, CSE Lectures & Concerts Committee, the CSE Music Program, and the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery at CSE. The program is part of the Holocaust education and remembrance programming for the 21st Annual College of Saint Elizabeth Kristallnacht Commemoration. For more information, visit www.cse.edu/holocaustcenter.