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The Mandel JCC's Leonard Krieger Cleveland Jewish FilmFest - Berlin '36

Drama, Germany, 2009, 100 minutes, German with subtitles
Director: Kaspar Heidelbach

Thursday, October 7 7 pm Shaker Square Cinemas

Inspired by the true story of Jewish high jumper Gretel Bergmann, Berlin 36 portrays a remarkable piece of forgotten Olympic history. Bergmann was considered a top contender for the gold medal at the 1936 Summer Games in Nazi-controlled Berlin. With the Americans threatening an Olympic boycott if Jewish athletes were barred from competing, Bergmann is invited to training camp. Uncomfortable with a Jewish athlete on the Aryan team, the Nazis conspire to replace her with an unknown athlete, who years later is revealed to be a man. Berlin 36 is the exploration of a tenuous friendship between two outsiders who find themselves in unimaginable circumstances.

Tickets for the Opening Night film and reception are $15 per person.

View the movie trailer


Opening Night Sponsor:

Film Sponsor: Sally & Larry Sears