Israeli Film Night: Next Year in Argentina

Next Year in Argentina movie stillJoin us for Israeli Film Night the first Wednesday of each month. Admission is free (as are the snacks), and it's an entertaining way to learn about the diversity of modern Israeli culture and ideas.
 
This month's film: Next Year in Argentina

Argentinean-born Israelis filmmaker Jorge Gurvich and journalist Shlomo Slutzky met in Buenos Aires in the 1970's before both men immigrated to Israel. Thirty years later, they take up the question of Jewish-Argentine history, identity and especially attitudes towards Israel. Over a period of six years, Gurvich and Slutzky interviewed a host of Argentinean Jews, examining their decisions to remain in Argentina or emigrate to Israel.

The Argentinean Jews struggle with economic and emotional issues which are often painful. The film reveals the difficulties common to many immigrants, especially Jews in the diaspora who struggle to find a safe and sustaining place for themselves and their families.

Raising issues of Jewish identity and homeland with their subjects necessitated introspection from the filmmakers. Their own experiences and attitudes are central to Next Year in... Argentina. For Gurvich, living in Israel means not being "preoccupied with my Jewish identity—it seems natural to me." And yet, he is drawn back to Argentina. "I have family in Israel, I'm an Israeli filmmaker, but my heart is still here, in faraway Argentina, and this tears me apart."

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

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