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DIR. Slawomir Grünberg
75 MINUTES English/Polish
STILL LIFE IN LODZ tells the story of the once vibrant Jewish community in Lodz, it's almost total destruction during the Shoah, its post-war revival, expulsion from Poland in 1968, and finally, its present-day Jewish community. Using an innovative format, this historical essay combines unique archival materials, authentic drawings from the Ghetto, elements of the modern language of creative animation and special effects with the modern documentary scenes
Emmy winning director Slawomir Grünberg follows Lilka Elbaum who literally slept under the painting growing up in Lodz after the war. It was the first thing she saw when she woke up, and the last thing she saw before she fell asleep.This painting hung on this very spot perhaps since the building was first inhabited in the late 1890s. Until the war these were Jewish families, then during the war, a German family, and then after the war, Lilka’s Jewish family. Hence, the painting ultimately became a silent witness to the tragic history of Lodz’s Jews. Lilka, now living in Boston, returns to Lodz in search of objects from her past. In her journey Lilka is accompanied by Paul Celler, a New Yorker and Roni Ben Ari, an Israeli with shared histories, which bind them to Lodz and the quest to find traces of family memories.
STILL LIFE IN LODZ had only 3 screenings before Covid hit ( one each in Warsaw, Moscow, & New Jersey). The director and all 3 of participants are available for live Q&A and we will be setting up a number of live events via Zoom We are working with local Jewish organizations for support and have a national press campaign.