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Film Screening: Regina

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Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide

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The daughter of an Orthodox Jewish peddler, Regina Jonas (1902-1944) made history by becoming the world's first woman rabbi. Constructed from a single surviving photograph, using archival materials, this poetic documentary of devotion, faith, and struggle is set in 1930s Berlin when Orthodox Jewish laws prevented women from ordination. It is perhaps fate’s irony that Regina officially receives her synagogue commissions just as her rabbi colleagues are emigrating or arrested. At age 37, she met the love of her life, Rabbi Josef Norden; only their love letters survived the Holocaust.

Regina won the Lia Award for Jewish Heritage at 30th Jerusalem Film Festival in 2013.

About the Filmmaker:

Diana Groó was educated in Budapest, and is the co-founder of Katapultfilm Studio (2002) and DunaDock (2013). What Lies Ahead, her documentary on disabled children from the Pető Institute, was awarded the Jury prize at Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in 2005. Her second feature, Vespa (2010), a Hungarian-Serbian road movie featuring a Romani teenager, won the UNICEF and the Dialog Prize for Intercultural Communication at the Cottbus Film Festival and the Prix du Reflet d’Or for best direction at the Geneva Festival Cinéma tous Écrans (2010).

About the Producer:

George Weisz emigrated from Hungary with his parents on the eve of WW II and lives in London. He is a double Queen’s Award-winning engineer and inventor who retired from active industrial work a few years ago. He has always been interested in promoting art and visual art including films (the Hungarian Psychoanalytical Film Conference, since its inception). Mr. Weisz produced the film in the belief that the message of Regina Jonas’s life--a story of devotion and hope in the face of despair-- is relevant for our time and wishes it to be heard and understood around the world.

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