ONLINE“The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America” Film Screening & Discussion

Top Pick February 21, 2021 Free
Borys Valvarde in Gabriela Bohm’s documentary “The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America” (Promotional still)
Borys Valvarde in Gabriela Bohm’s documentary “The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America” (Promotional still)

The Walnut Street Synagogue in partnership with Women in Film & Video New England and the Boston Latino International Film Festival are proud to present “Tikkun Olam/Sanar el Mundo,” a film series and roundtable virtual event.

With the multiple stressors our community has faced and will continue to face, this film series focuses on and celebrates how an act of healing, no matter how small, contributes to “tikkun olam/sanar el mundo”—healing and repairing the world. The films are available in both English and Spanish (captions). The discussions will directly follow the screenings.

The first discussion will be on “The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America” directed by Gabriela Bohm. A small group of South Americans, whose ancestors were European Jews forced to convert during the Spanish Inquisition, long to affirm their faith. Isolated in Catholic countries and rejected by local Jewish communities, they battle to become Jews regardless of the consequences.

A discussion will directly follow the screening at 5:00 p.m. with filmmaker Gabriela Bohm, moderated by Dalia Wassner Ph.D. Director, HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies at Brandeis and featuring special guest Rabbi Claudia Kreiman of Brookline’s Temple Beth Zion.

We are licensed to stream this film during the event.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chelsea Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021, 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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