The Mandel JCC's Leonard Krieger Cleveland Jewish FilmFest - At Home In Utopia*
(United States, 2008, 57 minutes English/Yiddish Director: Michal Goldman)
Monday, October 19, 7:30 pm, Cedar Lee
At Home in Utopia traces the inspiring rise and inevitable fall of one community, “The Coops” (cooperative Bronx apartments), from the 1920s into the 1950s. The United Workers Cooperative Colony, a paragon of egalitarian values long before the civil rights or women’s movement, was home to many communists and communist sympathizers, and it was the most grassroots and member-driven of the Jewish labor housing cooperatives.
Toyland (*Shown with “Utopia” and “Nina’s Home”)
(Spielzeugland Germany, 2008, 13 minutes, German with English subtitles, Director: Jochen Freydank)
Winter 1942. A small town in Germany. Despite her good relations with her neighbors, the Silbersteins, Marianne feels ambivalent about associating with them in dangerous times. Nevertheless, Marianne’s young son Heinrich is best friends with David, the son of the Silbersteins. Knowing her neighbors’ deportation is imminent, Marianne tells her son the Silbersteins are going on a trip to Toyland. Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for short film (live action).