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Please bring your voucher to Ida Lang Recital Hall (Hunter College) within one hour before the concert. You will exchange it for your ticket. 

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MRD Recommends: Art Film and The Diaspora / Israeli-Russian Film Festivals!

- Sat, March 5, 2016: Art Film Festival. LEARN MORE HERE!

- Sun, March 6, 2016: Israeli-Russian Film Festival. LEARN MORE HERE!

- Ida Lang Recital Hall, Manhattan


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Ida Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College

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Enjoy a unique two-in-one festival weekend, when you have a chance to enjoy both an Art Film Festival and a Diaspora & Israeli Russian Film Festival. 

Among the featured films are “Chagall-Malevich” (directed by Aleksandr Mitta), “Anna Akhmatova”, “A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich”, “Jerusalem Boxing Club”, and many others!

MRD Recommends: Art Film and The Diaspora / Israeli-Russian Film Festivals!

- Sat, March 5, 2016: Art Film Festival. LEARN MORE HERE!

- Sun, March 6, 2016: Israeli-Russian Film Festival. LEARN MORE HERE!

- Ida Lang Recital Hall, Manhattan


1:00 PM | ArtVideo by Tamar Latzman


Israel 2015 | 4 min  |  HD Video |  

Tradescantia Pallida, commonly known as the “Wandering Jew,” is a species of a spiderwort plant that adorns domestic interiors and ornamental gardens. Shot in Vilnius, Lithuania,  “Habitat” uses the cultural meanings of the plant to examine the Jewish character and its place in the world by visually isolating it and resituating it in new environments. The plant comes to life in this video and turns from an object of scientific examination into an unidentifiable or an unpredictable object. The music is adopted from the 1937 film “Dybbuk”(a malevolent spirit possession in Jewish mythology) and indicates the way in which the relation of persecuted persecutor replicates itself within all.


My Soul Cleaveth Unto Thee

Israel 2015 | 4 min  |  HD Video |  

What began in “Habitat” as a journey to examine the Jewish character and its place in the world diverges in this work into an obsession with Henech Kon, the Polish-born composer of the movie “Dybbuk,” which has now become a symbol of an extinct artistic community. Kon, a relatively anonymous figure, becomes a personal dybbuk that compels Latzman to recreate him and his music within this video. Latzman wanders Warsaw looking for leads of Kon and collaborates with a local musician, Raphael Roginski who then remakes and perform Kon’s piece. And so, a pseudoscientific study of Jewish existence transforms into the artist’s obsession with creating a body of work, while reflecting that which cannot be studied.


1:15 PM | A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich by Helga Landauer

(co-directed with Oksana Dvornichenko)

USA 2006 | 75 min  |  Documentary  |  Production: Horovod, TurnstyleTV

Dmitry Shostakovich, the greatest composer of 20th century remains one of its biggest mysteries. The nine chapters of A JOURNEY OF DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH are framed by nine days of the last round-trip journey of the composer’s life: a trip on a Soviet ocean liner to the United States.  The film is narrated primarily in words of Shostakovich’s letters and diaries, which contrast with the propaganda movies shown on board the ship, as the twentieth century itself weaves myth and reality. Never-before-seen archival fragments of the composer’s life–newsreel footage, photographs, letters, and personal memoirs–provide a unique perspective on the composer’s life while his music plays the leading part throughout the film.

Q&A with Helga Landauer


2:45 PM | Anna Akhmatova by Helga Landauer

USA 2008 | 58 min  |  Documentary   

Fate granted Anna Akhmatova immense poetic talent, beauty, fame and a brilliant generation. Then came the executions of her loved ones, hunger, wars, revolutions, Soviet terror, isolation, betrayal. Yet Akhmatova emerges victorious, armed with mere words of poetry that-too dangerous to commit to paper-had to be memorized to be preserved. A Film follows this story reminiscent of an antique tragedy. Its participants, aside from the heroine, include Apollo and the muses, Dido and Aeneas from her beloved record of Purcell, Amedeo Modigliani, witches and visitors, statues and sovereigns, portraits and artists, armies and gardens, Paris and Leningrad, the storyteller and eternal chorus of milling crowds. The poet Anatoly Naiman, talks about Anna Akhmatova he knew and travels to the places she has left.

Q&A with Helga Landauer


4:15 PM | Arcadia by Helga Landauer

USA 2015 | 55 min | Documentary | Production: Cineprojects

Our travels in Arcadia – the mythical place of heaven – begin at New York’s Grand Central Station in 2001, only weeks after September 11. We are led over the next thirteen years by the great Russian Poet Vladimir Gandelsman. Wherever he takes us, be it the smoking ruins of the Twin Towers, the streets of his Bronx neighborhood, a rainy park or a subway train, Arcadia shimmers through. Gandelsman banished death – “Even this word is absent,” he says – from his poetry book “Arcadia”; in the film, however, she reclaims her spot as a fellow traveler.

Q&A with Helga Landauer


5:30 PM | 17 seconds of art by Lena Lapshina

Austria 2014

“17 seconds of art”, a series of extra-short films by video artist Lena Lapschina who has been filming everyday situations, which oscillate from the absurd to the banal. The films are dealing with art, but most of all with the perception of art. In the video “Once around the block” a man leaves a party in Vienna City to get some fresh air, takes off his clothes, runs once around the block and puts his clothes calmly back on. A quicker answer to the question “What is art?” is hardly imaginable." – Paolo Bianchi (curator and critic, Kunstforum) —-12th International Festival of New Film

Q&A with Regina Khidekel


6:00  PM | NY Premiere | Chagall-Malevich by Aleksandr Mitta

Russia 2014 | 119 min | Feature film | Russian with English subtitles 

The film is an attempt to recreate the world of Marc Chagall and his myth within the genre of a folklore ballad.

Q&A with Regina Khidekel


1:00 PM | NY Premiere | Super Women by Yael Kipper Zaretsky and Ronen Zaretsky

Israel 2013 | 79 min | Documentary, Drama

Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles

Super Women tells the story of five cashiers who work the same shift in a supermarket. Most are immigrants from Russia and others are native Israelis. The film follows their relationships, the mutual support and solidarity, dealing with the management and customers, their difficulties making a living and their working conditions, as they try to change their fate. Super Women places the immigrants’ issue and the reality of Tel Aviv’s local-global interface at the heart of contemporary documentary cinema.

Q & A


2:30 PM | Jerusalem Boxing Club by Helen Yanovsky

Israel 2015 | 71 min | Documentary

Hebrew, Arabic and Russian with English subtitles

Founded in a bomb shelter in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Boxing Club brings together hundreds of teens from all around the city. For many of these young people, the desire to excel and to win the national championship is nourished by the tough training andboundless love of Russian-born Gershon Luxemburg, club manager and trainer, who claims that “nobody comes to box without a reason.” Jerusalem Boxing Club follows four teens from different walks of Israeli life as they learn from Gershon, call his club home, and compete together for the national title.




3:45 PM | Mother by Iryna Zhygaliuk

USA 2015 | 13min | Short, Drama

Stars: Yelena Shmulenson, Stella Stark, Zenon Zeleniuch

Set in WWII under the Nazi occupation, Mother recounts a widowed woman’s struggle for survival with her two children while remaining hidden within the confines of an old barn.

Q&A with Iryna Zhygaliuk and Yelena Shmulenson


4:15 PM  | NY Premiere | Guardians of Remembrance by Boris Maftsir

Israel 2014 | 107 min | Documentary

Russian and Hebrew with English, Hebrew, and Russian subtitles

In Cooperation with: “NonstopMedia” film production company (Belarus)

The Holocaust of the Jews in the former Soviet Union has remained a mystery even many decades after the war has ended. Due to ideological and political reasons, the Soviet regime did not recognize the unique and tragic nature of the extermination of Jews by the Nazis. It was only after the dismantling of the Soviet Union that efforts towards documentation and commemoration of Holocaust victims in these areas were possible. Following seven years as the head of a project at Yad Vashem to recover the names of Holocaust victims in the Former Soviet Union, Boris Maftsir sets out on a journey never seen before on the screen – a journey to restore the memory of a Holocaust that was all but forgotten.

In the Guardians of Remembrance, the first film of the project “The Holocaust in the Soviet Union,” Boris Maftsir offers a comprehensive and accurate picture of the events of the Holocaust in Belarus. The memory keepers depicted in the film are both Jews and non-Jews along with local individuals who work towards commemoration. The film Guardians of Remembrance was filmed at the actual extermination sites and precisely illustrates the sense of time and place of the tragic events.

Q&A with Olga Gershenson  


5:20 PM | World Premiere | The Return: Nektalovs Never Give Up | Directed by Ariel Roubinov

USA 2015 | 35 min | HD Documentary, Russian with English subtitles

This film is narrated through a personal story of Mark Nektalov and explores his journey in search of purpose and realization of his inner drive to do good for the people. Mark had a turbulent past. Disconnect with the past, not knowing how to live in the present, and not having a family support, neither that of his community, Mark finds himself in a position of changing the fate of his long-distance relative. As it happens, this relative has played an important role in Mark’s childhood back in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. This coincidental encounter changes the course of events for everyone.

Q&A Session with Ariel Roubinov and Rafael Nektalov


6:00 PM | A Special Presentation | Actor, playwright, producer and filmmaker Anna Fishbeyn on Feminism and the Russian-Jewish immigration to America.

Happy Hour Feminism, written, starred and produced by Anna Fishbeyn, is a comedy web series about a futuristic talk show where men experience all the media pressures placed on women today. The web series has been selected at over 11 film festivals, and won for Best Web Series, Best Leading Actress, Best Women Filmmakers, and Best Screenplay. In the Episode entitled, LIPO-DRAINING BEER, Anna talks with Dr. Lara Crownhead, a scientist and inventor of Lipo-Draining Beer, a miracle product that makes men skinny in three days. 

The festival will be concluded with Anna Fishbeyn’s live performance of My Stubborn Tongue, her one-woman show about coming to America during the Cold War and her family’s hilarious attempts to fit into American society.

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