FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 3, 2014
Skirball Cultural Center presents
A Latin Jewish film series
My German Friend (El Amigo Alemán) ● Tuesday, January 14, 8:00 p.m.
The German Doctor (Wakolda) ● Tuesday, February 4, 8:00 p.m.
Raquel: A Marked Woman ● Thursday, February 20, 8:00 p.m.
Advance tickets: Available online at www.skirball.org, on site at the Skirball, or
by phone at (877) SCC-4TIX or (877) 722-4849
LOS ANGELES—The Skirball Cultural Center presents Transatlántico, a film series exploring Latin Jewish life. The series features three films that focus on life in Argentina, including My German Friend (El Amigo Alemán, 2013), a wartime love story; The German Doctor (Wakolda, 2014), a dark mystery set in Patagonia in the 1960s; and the short film Raquel: A Marked Woman (2013), about a woman who fights back against the trappings of prostitution. A talk and Q&A with director Gabriela Böhm follows the screening of Raquel: A Marked Woman.
Transatlántico is presented as part of the Skirball’s ongoing Viva! initiative, exploring the connections between Jewish and Latin American cultures through lectures, conversations, and performing, visual, and media arts.
“This series looks at the best of recent cinema that touches on Jewish life in Argentina,” says Jordan Peimer, Skirball Vice President and Director of Programs. “It’s a little-known fact that Argentina has one of the largest populations of Jews in the ‘New World.’ Like the United States, Argentina was a destination for immigrants seeking to recreate themselves—for better or for worse.”
About the Films
MY GERMAN FRIEND (EL AMIGO ALEMÁN) ● Tuesday, January 14, 8:00 p.m.
L.A. premiere! In the city of Buenos Aires, Sulamit, the daughter of Jewish emigrants from Germany, meets her young German neighbor, Friedrich. When Friedrich realizes his father’s SS affiliation and disappears without a trace, Sulamit’s search for him takes her through the darkest days of Argentina’s dirty war. Written and directed by Jeanine Meerapfel. (Argentina and Germany, 2013, 93 min. Rated PG-13. In Spanish, German, and Hebrew with English subtitles.)
$8 General; $6 Skirball Members; $5 Full-Time Students
THE GERMAN DOCTOR (WAKOLDA) ● Tuesday, February 4, 8:00 p.m.
A German physician stays with an Argentinean family and becomes fascinated with their sickly twelve-year-old daughter. The family is won over by this charismatic and knowledgeable man, until they discover their guest’s nefarious past. Written and directed by Lucía Puenzo. (Argentina and Germany, 2014, 100 min. No MPAA rating. In German and Spanish with English subtitles.)
RAQUEL: A MARKED WOMAN ● Thursday, February 20, 8:00 p.m.
During the early twentieth century, thousands of Eastern European Jewish women were lured to Argentina with promises of marriage and opportunity, only to meet a sadder fate: a life of prostitution and degradation. Raquel: A Marked Woman tells the extraordinary story of a woman who dared to fight back. Join director Gabriela Böhm for a Q&A and talk after the screening. Presented in association with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles. (USA and Argentina, 2013, 34 min. No MPAA rating. In English.)
$8 General; $5 Full-Time Students; FREE to Skirball and JGSLA Members
About the Skirball
The Skirball Cultural Center is dedicated to exploring the connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It welcomes and seeks to inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity. Guided by our respective memories and experiences, together we aspire to build a society in which all of us can feel at home. The Skirball Cultural Center achieves its mission through educational programs that explore literary, visual, and performing arts from around the world; through the display and interpretation of its permanent collections and changing exhibitions; through an interactive family destination inspired by the Noah’s Ark story; and through outreach to the community.
Visiting the Skirball
The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049. Free on-site parking is available; street parking is strictly prohibited. The Skirball is also accessible by Metro Rapid Bus 761. Museum hours: Tuesday–Friday 12:00–5:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. Museum admission: $10 General; $7 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $5 Children 2–12. Exhibitions are always free to Skirball Members and Children under 2. Exhibitions are free to all visitors on Thursdays. For general information, the public may call (310) 440-4500 or visit www.skirball.org. The Skirball is also home to Zeidler’s Café, which serves innovative California cuisine in an elegant setting, and Audrey’s Museum Store, which sells books, contemporary art, music, jewelry, and more.