A Jewish Girl in Shanghai

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A Jewish Girl in Shanghai

March 26: Intro by Kitty and Ellen filmmaker Leah Galant

A Jewish Girl in Shanghai, based on Wu Lin’s superb popular graphic novel, is the first animated film from China to depict the Holocaust. This beautifully crafted story offers a rare glimpse of Shanghai’s Little Vienna—the neighborhood where 30,000 Jewish refugees found shelter during WWII. The story centers around the extraordinary friendship between Rina, a feisty and independent European Jewish schoolgirl and A-Gen, a courageous teenage Chinese pancake seller, who teach each other about their different worlds as Shanghai struggles under the harsh Japanese occupation. Director Wang Genfa’s beautifully drawn traditional animation gives us a fresh, cliché-free perspective on these historical events, allowing viewers to draw their own conclusions. Winner of China’s Golden Cartoon Award Best Chinese Film prize, this film is appropriate for all ages (but do note that it has subtitles).

Preceded by Kitty and Ellen 

Leah Galant 2016. 16m. NR. US.

“In the short documentary Kitty and Ellen, the dynamic friendship of two Holocaust survivors takes us through powerful memories of their past and the impact of the 2016 election. Ultimately, the powers of friendship and humor are what make these women a resilient force during tumultuous times.”


Introduction by Kitty and Ellen filmmaker Leah Galant
Introduction by Kitty and Ellen filmmaker Leah Galant
Sunday, Mar. 26 2017, 12:00
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Leah Galant is a recent Ithaca College graduate who was named one of Variety Magazine's "110 Students to Watch in Film and Media.” Projects have included a documentary film about a traveling abortion provider The Provider, that won a College Emmy Award and screened at SXSW. Leah is finishing her Sally Burns Shenkman Women Filmmaker Fellowship at the Jacob Burns Film Center, and is currently a Sundance Ignite Fellow through submitting a personal documentary project Putting the Fire Out. www.leahgalant.com

This film is part of the Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2017 series.

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