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Diversity in Film Series: A Culinary Romp Around the Globe

Friday Film Series – Spring 2020

Please join us to watch and discuss these delightful films.

Free and Open to the Public. RSVP is appreciated. Abotein-furrevig@ocean.edu

All films will be shown in the Technology Building Lecture Hall TECH*115 10:00-1:00pm – Light Refreshments

Nominated for 5 Academy Award, this film stars Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, and Alfred Molina. When mysterious Vianne and her child arrive in a tranquil French town in the winter of 1959, no one could have imagined the impact that she and her spirited daughter would have on the community stubbornly rooted in tradition. Within days, she opens an unusual chocolate shop, across the square from the church.

Based on a short story by Isak Dinesen ( author of Out of Africa) this 1987 film draws on themes of hospitality, community, and gratitude. In a small, remote fishing village on the northern coast of Norway, sisters Martine and Philippa are part of a small devout Christian sect, founded by their long-departed father. On a wet night in 1871 a French woman knocks on their door, seeking refuge from troubles in her homeland. The kindly sisters reluctantly take her in and in exchange for lodgings, Babette cooks for them. However, it is not until years later that the truth of the Frenchwoman’s previous life comes to light.

This 1994 film, based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquival, is an internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico that centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. The youngest daughter in her family, the beautiful Tita ( Lumi Cavazos) is forbidden to marry her true love, Pedro (Marco Leonardi). Since tradition dictates that Tita must care for her mother, Pedro weds her older sister, Rosaura (Yareli Arizmendi), though he still loves Tita. The situation creates much tension in the family, and Tita’s powerful emotions begin to surface in fantastical ways through her cooking. As the years pass, unusual circumstances test the enduring love of Pedro and Tita.

This 1974 Italian movie is a comic but poignant portrait of a man caught between two worlds. Bumbling Nino (Nino Manfredi) is an illegal Italian immigrant working odd jobs in prosperous Switzerland and desperately trying to fit in. Failing as both a waiter and even as a chicken plucker, he refuses to give up and return home, even dying his hair blonde to pass himself off as a German. Eventually Nino begins to have doubts about hiding his heritage and identity.

2020 Holocaust Remembrance Week

Event Details:

Monday, April 20th – Thursday, April 23rd
Honoring The Jewish Victims and Survivors
With Special Programs Remembering Hitler’s Other Victims
All Events Will be in the Tech Building Lecture Hall Room 115

Opening Remarks, prayers, and candle lighting by Center Director Dr. Ali Botein-Furrevig. Keynote address by Neptune NJ resident and Holocaust Survivor Eva Wiener. Eva Wiener was only 10 months old when her family, after surviving Kristallnacht in Berlin, set sail on the ill-fated S.S. St. Louis bound for Cuba where the 900 passengers were denied entry since the Nazis had already infiltrated that government. The US also refused to let the passengers disembark in Miami. Eventually four countries allowed the passengers asylum and the Wieners chose London; however, 254 who had chosen other ports perished in the Holocaust.

Lecture and documentary clips: Hitler’s Other Victims: The 5 Million Non-Jews Killed by the Third Reich

Viewing and discussion of the film Porrajamos ( The Gypsy Roma Holocaust). The Holocaust claimed anywhere between 500,000 and 1.5 million Romani lives, a tragedy the Romani people and Sinti refer to as the Porrajmos, or “the Devouring.” Notwithstanding the scope of the catastrophe, the Romani genocide was often ignored or minimized until recently.

Blacks Under the Swastika. Lecture supplemented with two compelling documentaries on being Black in Nazi Germany. Prior to WWII, there were few Blacks in Germany, but during the war, African soldiers were brought in by the French during the Allied occupation. Some of these soldiers married German women who bore children referred to by Hitler as “Rhineland Bastards” and who he vowed to eliminate because they were an insult to the German nation. Over 400 children were forcibly sterilized. There was no systemized attempt to annihilate the Blacks in Germany, but it is estimated that 2000 French soldiers of African descent were sent to camps where they perished.

The Pink Triangle. Lecture followed by documentaries: Testimony of survivor Stefan Kosinsky, and Albrecht Becker on gay life in 1934 Germany. The Nazis considered homosexuality an affront to their goal of encouraging natural population growth and “normal” family life. Between 1933 and 1945, an estimated 100,000 men listed on police “pink lists” were arrested, 500,000 of whom were incarcerated, 10,000 of which were sent to concentration camps where they perished. Many were sterilized, castrated, and victims of cruel medical experiments.

The Disabled Under Hitler’s “Cleansing Program.” Lecture and Film. Because the Nazis sought to maintain the purity and superiority of the Aryan race, he ordered the elimination of the sick and weak and mentally and physically disabled because they were “useless eaters.” He established the T-4 Euthanasia Program which used gassing, legal injection, or starvation to rid the nation of these burdens on society.

All events are free and open to the public. Questions? Contact Dr. Ali Botein-Furrevig, Center Director at abotein-furrevig@ocean.edu

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