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The Giant Prawn at Ballina

Café Nagler

Directed by Mor Kaplansky
Screening Date: March 29, 2017
7:30PM, 137 Isenberg SOM

(2016, dir Mor Kaplansky, Germany/Israel, 53 min, in German & Hebrew w/English subtitles)
The family china reminds generations of Kaplanskys of their glorious past as former owners of the legendary Nagler Café, a cultural magnet for Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka and Bertolt Brecht in 1920s Berlin. When Mor Kaplansky asks her grandmother, herself a filmmaker for Israeli television, for permission to make a film about the café, she consents, embarking Mor on a geographical, historical, and genealogical journey of discoveries that contradict the cherished family narrative. With great charm, this original mockumentary interrogates the nature of evidence and documentation and the power of family longing for a different past.

In collaboration with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

Introduction by Catherine Portuges, Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at UMass Amherst.