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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 marks the 18th anniversary of the bombing of the Association Mutual Israelite Argentina (AMIA - the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina). This act is considered one of the most tragic anti-Semitic acts since World War II, where 85 civilians perished and over 300 were injured.
Acclaimed Argentine filmmaker Marcos Carnevale has crafted a film which reckons with these horrific events. Rather than trying to explain this national tragedy by dissecting the events themselves, Carnevale sought to tell this story through the purest of souls: a young Jewish woman with Down syndrome named Anita.
I am the writer/director of the film "The Matchmaker", now playing in your local cinema.
I was born in Israel, but spent most of my adolescence in New York where I studied at the Ramaz Yeshiva, so I could keep up my Hebrew. I also studied at Columbia University, and immediately after graduation went back to Israel to serve in the Special Forces of the IDF. I am at home in both America and Israel. Now, I choose to live in Israel, making films in Israel.
Like many Sabras, I had a very difficult time understanding and accepting that the European Jews, like my parents, were ever so hapless during wartime in Europe.
We Israelis were brought up as the "new Jews" and the "super Jews". Empathy toward Holocaust survivors was discouraged. Indeed, we are guilty of a great sin. Our parents suffered greatly "there" and we offered no sympathy "here".
I wrote and directed the film "The Matchmaker" as an homage to my parents. I believe that no matter what the question is, love is always the answer. The film focuses on love to ease survivors' suffering. My parents used much love to create a life for my sister and me, and as sane a life as was possible for them under the circumstances. I find this hugely admirable and a true life lesson.
"The Matchmaker" is my way of sharing my parents' worldview with cinemagoers around the world.
Enjoy the film,
Learn more about The Matchmaker, and watch the film's trailer here!
Join us for an important Q & A with Holocaust Survivor Conrad Weiner, following the 3:20 pm Screening of Saviors in the Night Sunday, May 20th, at the Esquire Theatre in Cincinnati!
Come see Saviors in the Night, a true story about a family saved by courageous farmers during the Nazi occupation. Directly after the 3:20 pm screening this Sunday, Conrad Weiner, a Cincinnatian, will discuss the film and his own experience as a holocaust survivor.