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After a young woman fleeing the terrible realities of Nazi Germany is confronted with a personal tragedy for which no mother or wife could ever be prepared, she reels but ultimately declares, “I choose to live.” And live she does. Irmi Selver (1906–2004), a woman who embodies joie de vivre and resilience, comes to vivid life in this intimate documentary made by her Academy Award–nominated daughter Veronica Selver, and Susan Fanshel, who has her own memories of Irmi. This extraordinarily moving, skillfully made portrait interweaves family photographs, archival footage, and interviews with narration taken from Irmi’s memoirs and voiced by renowned actress Hanna Schygulla. And it has a surprising Pleasantville connection!

Tickets: $11 (members), $16 (nonmembers)

“Intimate and inspiring.”
Anita Katz, San Francisco Examiner
“Resolutely life-affirming and unexpectedly universal.”
Michael Fox, KQED Arts


Live virtual Q&A with filmmakers Veronica Selver and Susan Fanshel

Saturday, Oct. 9 2021, 5:30

Tickets: 13 (members), 18 (nonmembers)

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This film is part of the Jewish Film Festival 2021 series.

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