Thursday, October 29, 1998

New Films By Abraham Ravett

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Co-presented with the Jewish Film Festival

Personal memory, the passage of time and Jewish history are frequent subjects in the work of Massachusetts-based experimental filmmaker Abraham Ravett. In tonight’s new works, he reflects on the aging process, change and his own mortality after his mother’s debilitating stroke and subsequent long term nursing care. Forgefeel (the Yiddish word for premonition) explores the spaces and activities of a San Francisco playground, childhood recollections and premonitions about aging, while The Boardwalk explores change in images of Coney Island shot over three years. The work-in-progress The March examines Ravett’s mother’s recollections of the 1945 “Death March” from Auschwitz using conversations conducted over a thirteen year period. We will also screen his 1985 Half-Sister in which a recently discovered photograph of his half-sister killed in Auschwitz inspires the imagination to conceive a life that would have been.