Virtual Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021

Boca Raton, FL 33427

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Capturing Lee Miller

Lee Miller had enough adventures and accomplishments to fill several lifetimes. She was a model turned photographer turned war reporter, and a surrealist artist to boot. Everywhere she went, she shone brilliantly—and broke every rule in the book. When she was little, her father took discomforting nude pictures of her. Later she appeared in many provocative photographs and became the most sought-after model in Manhattan. But Miller preferred to be the one holding the camera, out in the field, on the battlefields of World War II, snapping shots of everything, and even having her picture taken in Hitler’s bathtub. Bold and talented, she kept quiet about most of what she had been through. After her death, her family uncovered her photographs and secrets—the pieces of her story, stitched together in this film.

When Lee Miller returned to New York from Europe in October 1932, newspaper reporters were waiting to greet her as her ship docked. Disembarking in a smart beret and fur-collared coat, she smiled for the journalist from the New York World-Telegram. When he referred to her as 'one of the most photographed girls in Manhattan', she retorted, 'I'd rather take a picture than be one.”

Lee Miller is one of the most remarkable female icons of the 20th century. A model turned photographer turned war reporter - Miller chose to live her life by her own rules. This film celebrates a subject who defied anyone who tried to pin her down, put her on a pedestal or pigeonhole her in any way. It tells the story of a trailblazer, often at odds with the morality of the day, who refused to be subjugated by the dominant male figures around her.

Cost: $12

The Day I Met Hitler

The second World War and the Holocaust in the eyes of children who met Hitler. How it changed their lives and ours. 75 years after the end of World War II The son of Holocaust survivor Embarks on a journey to find the last living people in the world Who Met Hitler. A lifetime of perspective.

“I did like Hitler, but it is forgotten.” The Day I Met Hitler is a documentary film made over five years (2015-2020) by Toronto-based Ronen Israelski. The film has simple narration and a personal homage and fact-finding for a director and artist whose life and course of his family still to the date is tied to the past and horror of WWII. The Award winner in Canadian Cinematography Awards and selected for other nominations recently, The Day I MET HITLER uses the medium of cinema and personal storytelling to uncover facts hidden in the weight of history.

The film is a series of interviews with still survivors who personally met Hitler. The director’s journey and film opening begin in Berlin and the site where his father met Hitler in 1934.

The camera’s bird’s view shows us Berlin, the city long recovered but still haunted by the memory of a man and a regime that shook the core of who we are. His search in Berlin leads the director to his father’s apartment and the Jewish cemetery that his grandmother is buried. The image is so revelatory, and the shifting of time-space smooth and not disconcerting. The film and camera then take the viewers back to Canada, back to Austria, and eventually to Berlin. In all episodes, a sense of tragic loss and unfathomable insights into how Nazism and Hitler swayed the hearts of those who met him, and the general public is frighteningly evident. The interviews with Richard Reiter, Gerhard Bartles, and the unsuccessful and fleeting one with Edda Goring all attempt to cover the gaps and make us not hate Hitler more but to understand how through cinema’s language, one can understand the horror and complexity of past historical trauma. By Hooman Razavi 

Cost: $10

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