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Silver Condor, Best Video Film
Argentinian Film Critics Association Awards
Toward the end of the 19th century, approximately 800 Jews arrived in Buenos Aires, fleeing Czarist persecution and pogroms. This film, in Yiddish and Spanish with English subtitles, tells their story. In order to survive, they dispersed to various provinces. Each group was given 100 hectares to farm, most due to the initiative of Baron Mauricio de Hirsch. This Jewish agricultural colonization gave birth to a new way of life that left a remarkable imprint on Argentina.
Rabbi Dr. Victor Mirelman introduced the film and led a post-screening discussion.
Rabbi Dr. Victor A. Mirelman, a native of Argentina, teaches Jewish history at Spertus. A leading expert in the history of the Jews in Latin America, he is rabbi emeritus of West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest.