Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 7:00 pm
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street)
New York City
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion presents the United States premiere of Undying Love: True Stories of Courage and Faith, a feature documentary written and directed by Helene Klodawsky and produced by Ina Fichman and Productions La Fete. Undying Love intimately recounts the loves lost and loves found immediately after World War II among Jewish Holocaust survivors, either living in Displaced Persons camps or searching the globe for family and home.
A textured retelling of several love stories, Undying Love interweaves a number of narratives through interviews with survivors, rare archival documentary footage, vintage film clips from Hollywood and Yiddish cinema, dramatic re-enactments and glimpses of life in action today. Against the brutalized landscape of post-War Europe, the documentary focuses on how survivors, most of whom were in their teens, twenties and thirties, struggled to reconstruct personal identities and forge intimate relationships.
Director Helene Klodawsky is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. In this personal point-of-view film, she explores the healing power of love. Undying Love is a bittersweet romance set in war and peace, death and rebirth, in the ordinary struggles of daily life and, perhaps, in the unknowable workings in Heaven. The documentary is a testament to survivors' collective desire for a normal life and their pains to create beauty out of despair through future generations.