|4/15 - 4/29||VIRTUAL SCREENING||WATCH|
Directed by Vera Wagman
USA | 47 minutes | 2021
English and French with English subtitles
In 1940, a Jewish girl's dream of becoming a ballerina is destroyed by World War II. She vows that if she has daughters, they will become dancers. Nearly 80 years later, she and her two daughters — one of whom is the director of this film — confront the wounding impact of that pledge. Both struggled to fulfill their mother’s expectations, though one daughter became a star, creating a rift with her sister. Each recognized that being the child of a Holocaust survivor meant taking on the mantle and the burden of their mother’s childhood. Executive produced by Roberta Grossman (director/producer of MJFF 2019 Audience Award winner Who Will Write Our History), this moving family documentary is about the intergenerational trauma of war, and how familial love can ultimately heal the wounds that bind.
Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Vera Wagman, film subject Deborah Wagman, and moderator Rabbi Laila Haas. To view the conversation please click here.
|Countries of Production||USA|
|Year of Presentation||2021|
|Language(s)||English and French with English subtitles|
|Premiere Status||World Premiere|
|Principal Cast||Fernande Wagman, Vera Wagman|