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Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History
Vilniaus Gaono Žydų Istorijos Muziejus


Movie screening and meeting with film director: Memory is Our Homeland

Published: 2019-10-02
Event date: 2019 10 10 All events

On October 10th at 5.30 p.m. we invite you to the screening of the documentary "Memory is Our Homeland" and the meeting with film director Jonathan Durand at the Tolerance Center (Naugarduko str. 10/2, Vilnius).

From 1942 to 1952, more than 18,000 Polish Catholic and Jewish women and children were deported from Soviet-occupied Eastern Poland to Siberia, surviving an epic odyssey via Kazakhstan and Iran to refugee camps across East Africa. Now as elderly women they're still trying to make sense of a childhood not only beyond imagination, but also mysteriously left out of the history books. “Memory is Our Homeland” is a documentary about this forgotten odyssey and why their history was erased, told through the filmmaker's attempt to piece together his family connection to it.

After the screening audience is invited to participate in the discussion with the film director Jonathan Durand, the Head of the History Department of Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum Neringa Latvytė-Gustaitienė and Prof. Violeta Davoliūte from the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University.

Duration: 90 min. The film is in English with Russian subtitles. Discussion will be held in English.

The screening is organised by the Africa research and consultancy centre AfriKo, together with Embassy of Canada and Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum.

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