|Subject:||[Savannah-help-public] The Optimists now playing in NY - what make everyone so excited about this film|
|Date:||Mon, 24 Oct 2005 05:49:45 -0500|
The rescue of the Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust
Now Playing in the Quad Cinema in New York
A rare Documentary . . .
compact and elegant.
As a human
sentiment, its touching to behold.
A rare instance of humanity during the
- Chad Frade - Time Out New York
A miraculous sharp movie. êêê
The message is so powerful . .
. one of the best films of the year.êêêê
- George O. Singleton, www.ReelMovieCritic.com
Spellbinding. A message
of inspiration and hope. êêêê
- Bruce Ingram, Pioneer Press.
This film celebrates the human spirit.
It offers hope that people can learn to live together in peace.
The Optimists is a wonderful film.
The Optimists in a beautiful and dramatic way, tells what a community in extremis can do to help others in distress. It is a powerful and heartwarming story which deserves to be seen and discussed.
This film teaches
how commitment to justice and respect for others can triumph over oppression.
A must-see for anyone learning or teaching the Holocaust.
Everyone is entitled to his own faith.
No one should violate the intimate, spiritual life of another.
Thats how I think now, thats how I have thought in the past,
and if I live any longer, thats how Ill think then.
Boris Kharalampiev, the Bulgarian Orthodox priest
who helped stop the deportation of the Jewish citizens of his city in 1943.
The Optimists tells the story of
how the 50,000 Jews living in Bulgaria survived the Holocaust despite intensive
efforts by the Bulgarian Government to deport them to the death camps. Their
rescue happened during the same time period that the Nazis and their Bulgarian
allies had successfully deported the 11,343 Jews of Bulgarian-occupied Thrace
and Macedonia. And yet, after waiting all
day at deportation centers, the first targeted Bulgarian Jews were simply
told to go home. Fifty thousand people didn't die because Bulgarian Christians
and Muslims found ways to protect them from their would-be murderers.
and organizations made a difference. Ordinary people stood up for their Jewish
friends and neighbors. The Church, certain Bulgarian Parliament members, trade
unions, professional guilds, and the Jewish community itself all helped defeat
the Nazis' demands for mass deportations and the Bulgarian governments attempts
to comply with those demands.
documentary informs and inspires audiences of all ages and backgrounds with its
blend of personal and historical narrative and its abiding optimism about the
documentary by award-winning filmmaker Jacky Comforty, whose family was among
those survived, has long been determined to tell this story on film.
The Optimists is the result of 12 years of
independent research and production. The film was screened at numerous film
festivals around the world and is winner of the Peace Prize in the Berlin
International Film Festival; First Prize Winner in the category of
"Documenting the Jewish Experience," Jerusalem International Film
Festival; Winner of CINE Golden Eagle; and Best Documentary at the Hope
and Dreams Film Festival.
is not a Jewish story only: It is a universal lesson about religious tolerance,
and about the power of individuals to do good, to protect human and civil
rights, and to positively affect the course of history. It offers hope and is
powerful in its ability to inform and inspire all audiences.
The film is a perfect springboard for discussions about education, ethics, and Jewish history and for interfaith dialog.
Showing This week at the Quad Cinema 34 west 13th Street Manhattan
Show times 1:00, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:45
Director Jacky Comforty available for Q and A after the 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM shows
To schedule a special group screening or to plan an
event involving The Optimists,
please e-mail Jacky Comforty address@hidden or call 847-475-0791, or toll free 866-690-6992.
For more information, fliers, reviews, video excerpts, or a press kit, please go to the Web page www.theoptimists.com.
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