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Professors discuss film about Warsaw Ghetto

Dr. Michelle Mart and Dr. Michele Ramsey will lead a discussion on “A film unfinished,” a film about an unfinished film that portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto and exposes the cinematic manipulation that changed the way the public views historic images, on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the Fox East Theatre. The film begins at 7 p.m. and the discussion follows.

Mart, Associate Professor of History; and Ramsey, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS), Women's Studies and Program Coordinator for CAS, will facilitate a discussion of the film from historical and rhetorical points of view.

The Sundance Film Festival describes the film: “Yael Hersonksi’s powerful documentary achieves a remarkable feat through its penetrating look at another film, the now-famous Nazi-produced film about the Warsaw Ghetto. Discovered after the war, the unfinished work, with no soundtrack, quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record, despite its elaborate propagandistic construction. The later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings, showing the manipulations of the camera crews in these “everyday” scenes. Well-heeled Jews attending elegant dinners and theatricals (while callously stepping over the dead bodies of compatriots) now appeared as unwilling, but complicity actors, alternately fearful and in denial of their looming fate.”

The event is free for members of the Jewish Community Center and students, and $8 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, contact the Jewish Community Center at 610-921-0624.
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