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Boris Dorfman – A Mentsh

A Mentsh (full title: Boris Dorfman – A Mentsh) is a movie shot entirely in the Yiddish language. It’s set in the former multinational city of Lviv, Ukraine, and the first part of a planned Yiddish trilogy (Lviv, Tel Aviv, New York). Lviv was a centre of Jewish life for more than 600 years. During World War II this special culture was destroyed. 75 years after the beginning of the war, Boris Dorfman takes us on an oneiric trip to all the places of horror and hope reflecting the Jewish history. Read more below.

A Mentsh (full title: Boris Dorfman – A Mentsh) is a movie shot entirely in the Yiddish language. It’s set in the former multinational city of Lviv, Ukraine, and the first part of a planned Yiddish trilogy (Lviv, Tel Aviv, New York). Lviv was a centre of Jewish life for more than 600 years. During World War II this special culture was destroyed. 75 years after the beginning of the war, Boris Dorfman takes us on an oneiric trip to all the places of horror and hope reflecting the Jewish history. The 90-year-old activist is virtually the last one in town still speaking the almost extinct language of Yiddish – he is like a living relic of the past and a fighter against oblivion. While remembering the past, he lives in the present and tries to prepare the people for the future – he is “a mentsh”, someone full of love and empathy.

Duration: 50 minutes
Available on DVD and Blu-ray in English/Yiddish version and in all the regions.

Written and directed by:
Uwe and Gabriela von Seltmann

Production:
Apfelstrudel Media Berlin

Producer:
Kai-Alexander Moslé, Uwe P. Tietz, Uwe & Gabriela von Seltmann

Co-Production:
Stowarzyszenie Film Kraków

Executive Producer:
Aneta Zagórska

Director of Photography and Film Editor:
Marek Gajczak

Sound:
Michał Dominowski

Music:
Christian Dawid

SCREENINGS

• Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, March 2015

• Haverford Jewish Film Festival, 2015

• San Diego Jewish Film Festival, 2015

• Seattle Jewish Film Festival, 2015

• Holocaust Film Series (Australian Premiere), Melbourne & Sidney (Australia), March 2015

• Prager Fruhling Cinema, Leipzin, Germany, December 12, 2014

• Limmud Poland, Warsaw, Poland, November 21, 2014

• Man in Danger Film Festival, Lodz, Poland, November 20, 2014

• Tarbut Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany, November 12, 2014

• Singer Festival, Warsaw, Poland, August 24, 2014

• KlezKanada, Montreal, Canada, August 20, 2014

• Limmud Ukraine, Lvov, Ukraine, July 11, 2014

• Jewish Culture Festival, Krakow, Poland, July 1, 2014

• Weinstein Holocaust Symposium, Wroxton, UK, June 28, 2014

• Simcha – Festival of Jewish Culture, Wroclaw, Poland, June 9, 2014

• Kraków Film Festival, Krakow, Poland, (Polish Premiere) May 27, 2014

• Yiddish Days, Lviv/Lemberg, Ukraine: (Ukrainian Premiere) May 18, 2014

• Kino Eiszeit (Exclusive Sneak Preview), Berlin, Germany, March 17, 2014

• Beit Shmuel (Exclusive Sneak Preview), Jerusalem, Israel, February 18, 2014

• Yung Yidish ,Tel Aviv, Israel (Exclusive Sneak Preview) February 11, 2014

AWARDS

• An Award by Monumentum Iudaicum Lodzense Fundation, XXIV Media Festival, Lodz, Poland, November 22, 2014

• Yiddish Oskar 2014 by Sholem-Alechem-Foundation, Lviv (Ukraine), for “outstanding contribution to the revival of the Yiddish culture”, May 18, 2014

• Certification mark “wertvoll” (“valuable”) by Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung for outstanding quality, May 14, 2014

The Last Living Yiddish Speaker in Lviv
Jewish Forward, NYC, May 20, 2014

Uwe and Gabriela Von Seltmann’s Documentary Chronicles the Story of Boris Dorfman
By Jordan Kutzik

During an emotional scene in the new documentary film “Boris Dorfman: A Mentsh,” the 90-year-old Dorfman stands in a forest near Rudno, Ukraine, at the spot where the Germans murdered the last surviving Jews from the Lviv ghetto in June of 1943.

Near a memorial-marker that he helped to install in 2008, Dorfman addresses the Jews who were killed there, telling them that he did not come alone, but with people who would help to tell the story of Jewish Lviv and the tragedy that befell it. Afterwards, he asks the dead to rest in peace and beseeches the film’s viewers to remember the Jews of Lviv.

For Uwe von Seltmann, who directed the film alongside his wife Gabriela, this was a holy moment. In a conversation with the Forward, Seltmann explained that he first met Dorfman in 2001 while visiting Lviv to pursue a longstanding interest in the culture of Galicia and Bukovina, Ukraine. At the time, Dorfman was leading Jewish heritage tours for tourists that visited sites around Lviv.

NDR Info, Hamburg: “Die Wurzeln freilegen – Eine deutsch-polnische Versöhnung” – German, Aug 8

La Polonia de los polacos – Spanish, July 24

Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung/Westfalenpost, Siegen – German, June 24

Midrasz (Jewish Magazine, Warsaw) 3/2014: “Strażnik Jidyszkajt” (Review “A mensth”) – Polish (not online), June 23

forverts, New York – Yiddish, April 15

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