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Directed by Vivian Imar & Marcelo Trotta

Argentina | 72 minutes | 2001

Spanish, Ukrainian, Yiddish with English subtitles

In August 1889, the steamship Wesser docked in Argentina with the first group of Jewish escapees from the pogroms of Czarist Russia. After first finding work in order to survive first and to progress later, they grouped themselves in colonies, distributed in different provinces — Entre Ríos, Santa Fe, La Pampa, Santiago del Estero and Buenos Aires — most of them thanks to the initiative of baron Mauricio de Hirsch who facilitated around one hundred hectares to each group. This, the first Jewish agricultural colonization gave birth to a new way of life that, beyond the questions related to the traditions and faith, would leave a remarkable imprint on the country of Argentina. The film's Yiddish narrator is Esther, one of the many women who arrived in those very small boats and participated in the foundation of Moisésville, known as "the mother of all the colonies." Her account spans eighty years.
Director Vivian Imar & Marcelo Trotta
Countries of Production Argentina
Year of Presentation 2001
Language(s) Spanish, Ukrainian, Yiddish with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 72 minutes
Principal Cast
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