Please note this program has been rescheduled due to snow from its original date of February 22nd.
Cosponsored by the South Asian Arts Council, the Vilna Shul is pleased to present a special screening of this moving documentary that spans continents and generations.
Join us for an evening of discovery, reflection, and celebration. We will enjoy Indian snacks, hear from Indian Jewish Cultural experts, and learn more about the events that took place in the documentary.
November 2008 – While filming his father revisiting his childhood city of Mumbai, India, Israeli director Erez Laufer finds himself caught in the worst terror attack in the history of the city. As the drama of the terrorist takeover of Chabad House in Mumbai unfolds, the Laufer family recounts how they found refuge there in the 1940s after fleeing the Nazis. Past and present collide as the family history is echoed in a contemporary war, and a little-known story emerges of the Jewish refugees who found a safe haven in Mumbai during World War II.
Rafting to Bombay is the story of how 5 year old Nahum and his mother escaped the Nazis in Poland, crossed Europe by train and sailed on a raft on the Tigris River until they reached India. But Nahum’s childhood experience, which is remembered as an enchanting fantasy, was in reality, a chilling story of a last minute escape.
20 years ago director Erez Laufer filmed his grandmother recounting her story, just before she passed away. Now, while stuck in the hotel in Mumbai, Nahum listens to his mother’s testimonials. Then his childhood’s friend Sam Marshall who escaped from the Taj hotel, at the last minute, brings the horrific news of the Chabad house.
It is a tale of three generations: grandmother, son & grandson telling one story – Rafting to Bombay. From a child’s memory of a hopeful and romantic journey, to the mother’s horrific reality, and finally to the cruel encounter of past and present time.71 minutes; English and Hebrew, with subtitles.
This event is free and open to the public, but donations are sincerely appreciated.+ More... - Less...
* Registration closes on March 8th
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