A Co-Presentation of San Francisco Cinematheque and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
The adage “truth is stranger (and more fascinating) than fiction” certainly applies to this year’s collection of not-so-short shorts, three documentary portraits of three unique women: a fiery wise-cracking 100-year-old Polish immigrant, who happens to be the cousin of rocker Lou Reed; an imaginative painter and Holocaust survivor from Hungary; and the inspirational globetrotting nurse who was a featured character in a beloved children’s book in Poland. (Joshua Moore)
Red Shirley (2011) by Lou Reed
Iconic rock musician Lou Reed makes his impressive directorial debut in this tête-à-tête between Reed and his cousin Shirley, a Polish immigrant and union organizer on the eve of her 100th birthday.
Kun 65 (2010) by Tal Maim Yoffe
Filmmaker Tal Haim Yoffe finds an oil painting on the street. Taking it home, he learns it was painted by a Holocaust survivor. The next day they meet. What follows is an inspirational trip to Budapest, where a fascinating personal history is revealed.
The Girl From A Reading Primer (2010) by Edyta Wróblewska
An archival image-infused animated portrait of Alina Margolis-Edelman, who as a child met the author of the most popular Polish reading primer and afterward appeared as one of the main characters in the book. After attending nursing school—an unusual place in the Warsaw Ghetto—Alina married a leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. They later immigrated to France and joined Doctors Without Borders, helping to save the lives of children worldwide.
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