“A Pocketful of Miracles” Film Screening

May 23, 2023 Brookline $13.00 - $15.00
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"A Pocketful of Miracles" (Promotional still)

Beloved (Berlin-born) filmmaker Aviva Kempner, director of “Rosenwald,” “Yoo-hoo Mrs. Goldberg” and “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” turns her storytelling chops toward her own family’s story of survival, resilience and creativity. Kempner’s mother, Hanka (Helen), and her uncle Dudek (David) Ciesla enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Sosnowiec, Poland, until the Nazi invasion and their separation. This moving documentary tells of their harrowing experiences during the Holocaust, their against-the-odds reunion and their recommitment to life and to each other in the DP camps.

Howard Kempner, a Lithuanian-born Jewish émigré turned U.S. Army journalist, makes a dramatic post-war entry in the narrative, and the romance between Howard and Helen unfolds like a Hollywood love story set against the rubble of 1945 Berlin. Ten months later, our future documentarian Aviva was born and declared the “first Jewish-American born in Berlin.” After immigrating to the U.S., Helen and David remained close, and both elected never to tell their children or spouses about their wartime experiences. Only now are their stories being told.

Director: Aviva Kempner, USA, 2022, 106 minutes, English.

New England premiere. Q&A with Aviva Kempner and Jonathan Kempner to follow the screening.

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Fact Sheet
Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Coolidge Corner Theater
290 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
$15.50 adult
$13.50 senior

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