Camera Obscura

Jewish Film Festival

Published Monday, November 18, 2013

The JCC Jewish Film Festival will present The Camera Obscura, its third film in the film series, on Saturday, December 7th, 7:30 PM.  The Argentinian film (2008) is 86 minute long in Spanish and Yiddish with English subtitles. Viewers will enjoy the JCC’s new large screen.

The film is based on the story by the same title written by the Argentinian writer Angelica Gordoscher. The film is directed by María Victoria Menis and stars Mirta Bogdasarian as Gertrudis.

At the end of the 19th century, escaping the Russian pogroms, Jews immigrated and settled in rural Argentina, becoming farmers and ranchers. Gertrudis, a shy, introspective “ugly duckling” in a colony of immigrant Argentinean Jews, is a self-effacing mother and wife of a charismatic Yiddish Gaucho – until she meets a nomadic photographer whose uncompromising vision allows her to see herself for the first time. This lyrical, inventive feature film weaves together live action, animation and still photography. Nominee for eight Argentinean film Critic Awards.

Following the screening Judith Lewin will lead a discussion. Lewin is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at Union College.  She teaches courses about Jewish women's writing and Jewish graphic novels.  Among her publications are articles on the representation of Jewish female figures in 19th-century European (Christian) novels, such as Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, but also in contemporary novels by Jewish women from around the world.  Lewin wrote about Jewish characters in an historical-fictional movie in an essay about filmmaker Sandra Goldbacher's The Governess.

Lewin and her family are members of Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady.


Cost is $9, $5 for member, and $3 for student. Wine and cheese will be served.

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