About Mr. Bernstein (short)

After Debbie hears about her father’s life-changing musical experience in a refugee camp, she tracks down the famous conductor years later, with unexpected consequences. This film is based on the true story by new zealand writer/performer/comedienne Deb Filler. Filler, (originally from New Zealand) and her Polish Jewish father, who survived Auschwitz, grew up in a bakery in Auckland. Her father Schaja saw Bernstein perform when he was a refugee in Landsberg Displaced Persons’ Camp in Munich in 1947.

Film Accolades
  • Part of our Discover Israel series
  • Rocky Mountain Premiere
About the film
  • Short Narrative/Post-Holocaust/Music
  • Director: Francine Zuckerman
  • 2015/Canada/12 minutes
  • Narrative, Post-Holocaust, Music
  • English

The Dr. Irwin E. and Sandra Vinnik Endowed Memorial Fellowship Fund at the Center for Judaic Studies at Du is pleased to partner with the Denver Jewish Film Festival on a new community-wide celebration, the Dr. Irwin E. and Sandra Vinnik Evening of Jewish Culture. Please join us for an evening of food and conversation with acclaimed Israeli film-maker, Avi Nesher; then join us for his film “Past Life” followed by a Q & A.

About Past Life

Co-Presented by the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver

Follow two rebellious Israeli sisters, in 1977, as they delve into the dark mystery of their father’s life in Poland during World War II.

Inspired by true events, Past Life tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters – one an introverted ambitious classical music composer, and the other a combative liberal magazine editor. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery that has cast a foreboding shadow on their entire lives, they realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s unique voice.

Film Accolades
  • Part of our Discover Israel series
About the film
  • Drama/Israeli Society/Music/Post-Holocaust
  • Director: Avi Nesher
  • 2016/Israel, Poland/109 minutes
  • Drama, Music, Post-Holocaust, Israeli Society
  • Hebrew, German, Polish with English subtitles

The Dr. Irwin E. and Sandra Vinnik Memorial Fund at DU’s Center for Judaic Studies presents the Dr. Irwin E. and Sandra Vinnik Evening of Jewish Culture. RSVP at cjs@du.edu for a free dessert reception & panel conversation with acclaimed Israeli film-maker, Avi Nesher!

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