Return and Remember – Film Series 2017

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 ~ February  ~ March ~ April ~ May ~
7:00 p.m.

Social Hall
Jewish Community Campus
5801 West 115th Street
Overland Park, Kansas


At the end of World War II in Europe, those who survived the Holocaust were faced with the difficult task of beginning life anew. For some, this meant a return to their countries of origin, for others immigration to new lands. For most, return to life was made possible by a desire to move forward – away from the past. Only later were survivors and western society able to remember and reflect upon these experiences. Films in this series were selected to explore this process of returning and the complications of remembrance.

All films will be shown on Wednesdays in the social hall at the Jewish Community Campus. Each program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with an introduction to the film.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for those with advance reservations. Seating for those without reservations will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Reservations: Advance reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling MCHE’s automated response line, 913-327-8196, visiting the MCHE office, emailing with full contact information, or reserving your seats below. The cutoff for advance reservations is noon the day prior to each event.

Sponsorship Opportunities
To help defray costs of licensing fees and publicity, MCHE is inviting sponsorships of $150 for individual films and full series sponsorships of $500 (Supporter) and $1,000 (Patron). Those interested may make their commitments using the button below, by mail, or by calling MCHE’s executive director, Jean Zeldin, at 913-327-8191.
Donations are also appreciated at the door but not required.
Series Patrons
Norman & Elaine Polsky Family Charitable Foundation

Series Supporters
Marsha and Michael Weaver

Individual Film Sponsors
(Ida) Sharon and Morrie Soltz
(Remember) Kori Street
Film Sponsorships

March 15, 2017 – Ida

Shown in the Social Hall of the Jewish Community Campus

In 1960’s Poland a young woman is on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun. Orphaned as an infant during the German occupation of World War II, she suddenly learns that her parents were Jewish. Together with her unconventional aunt, her only surviving relative, she embarks on a road trip into the Polish country side to learn the fate of her family and to decide her own future. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of 2015

Running time: 80 minutes, Polish with English subtitles.

April 26, 2017 – Jealous of the Birds

Shown in the Social Hall of the Jewish Community Campus

Some 15,000 Holocaust survivors remained in Germany after WWII. How could they stay? Jealous of the Birds was born from this pivotal question. Filmmaker Jordan Bahat begins this quest with a desire to understand the choices made by his own grandparents. Though interviews with survivors, their children and other Germans, Bahat explores what it means for victims to live among perpetrators and for children of those perpetrators to deal with the guilt borne from the crimes of their parents. It reminds us that choices of the past create legacies that play out across families, nations, cultures, and generations.

Running time: 78 minutes, English, German with English subtitles

May 24, 2017 – Remember

Shown in the Social Hall of the Jewish Community Campus

With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor (Martin Landau) and a hand-written letter, an Auschwitz survivor struggling with memory loss (Christopher Plummer) embarks on a cross-country odyssey to find the former Nazi responsible for the deaths of his family members. This suspense-filled story is one of belated revenge and ultimate accountability.

Running time: 95 minutes, English – Rated R for strong language

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