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Stars (Sterne)

Konrad Wolf, EastGermany/Bulgaria, 1959, 88MIN, German, Bulgarian, Yiddish, and Ladino with English subtitles

This gripping drama, based on the personal story of screenwriter Angel Wagenstein during the Holocaust in the Balkans, sheds light on the Sephardic experience of WWII. Stationed in a secluded Bulgarian village in 1943, Walter, an artist and sergeant in the Wehrmacht, lives an almost idyllic life far away from the war. Soon, a transit camp is set up for Jews arriving from Greece. When Ruth, one of the Greek Jews, asks Walter to help a pregnant woman in the camp, the two form an unlikely bond. Presented in a new digital restoration from the original 35mm negative.

Screening with Angel Wagenstein: Art Is a Weapon

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