Film Screening: “Diamonds in the Snow,” Holocaust documentary, with filmmaker and documentary protagonist Mira Binford, Mon., Apr. 28, 7 PM

Diamonds_in_the_SnowIn collaboration with Temple Beth Sholom, Best Video presents “Diamonds in the Snow,” a documentary by Mira Binford, on Monday, April 28. The screening is at 7 PM. Admission is free for members of Temple Beth Sholom and $5 for everybody else. Mira Binford will be on hand to discuss the making of the film and her experience as a Holocaust survivor.

Thousands of Jewish children lived in the Polish city of Bendzin before the Holocaust. Barely a dozen survived the community’s destruction. Through interviews and rare archival film and photos, this critically-acclaimed documentary tells the story of three of these children-Ada, Shulamit, and the filmmaker herself, Mira. These women recount their memories of a childhood spent hiding from the Nazis and reflect on the courage of those individuals and families who helped them survive.

The film thus not only documents a tragic historical period but also examines the complexity of human nature, undermining stereotypes about the behavior of Jews, Poles, and even some Germans during the era. The film’s story involves Alfred Rossner, a German businessman who, like Oskar Schindler, employed forced Jewish labor and saved Jewish lives, but who, unlike Schindler, was not a Nazi Party member and paid with his life for his actions.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Apr. 30. AVANT-GARDE SOLO BASS VIRTUOSITY: JACK VEES

• Wednesday, May 7. ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursdasy, May 8. IMPROVISATION: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Wednesday, May 14. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, May 15. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Wednesday, May 21. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, May 22. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ILANA ZSIGMOND, SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, May 28. POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SAM PERDUTA, JASON PRINCE

• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, June 19. GARAGE POP/PSYCHEDELIA: HAPPY ENDING

• Thursday, June 26. ACOUSTIC GUITAR:  PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER