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Michiana Jewish Film Festival presents "Vishniac"

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
5:30 pm7:00 pm

The 14th Annual Michiana Jewish Film Festival, presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management -Kahn, Ruthrauff & Associates

See "Vishniac" on Wednesday, May 15, 5:30 PM at the University of Notre Dame's Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
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Sponsored by the Kurt & Tessye Simon Fund for Holocaust Remembrance

Unveiling the man behind the lens, this exquisite photobiography honors a renowned Russian-American polymath, immortalized by haunting photos of 20th-century Eastern European Jewry. From vibrant Berlin streets to simple shtetl life, Roman Vishniac's pre-war black-and-white images capture the 1930s with grainy realism, a poignant pictorial record of soon-to-be-obliterated Jewish communities. Also a scientist, teacher, and art aficionado, he significantly advanced biology and microscopic photography. Mirroring his enigmatic persona, daughter Mara, the custodian of his work, candidly relates their fraught yet devoted history. Iconic photos and cinematic reenactments emphasize the profound significance of historical memory and Vishniac's contributions as a preserver of the past.

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