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Refugee week - Return to Calais by Edith Goldenhar + Q&A

A short film + Q&A with Edith Goldenhar and Matilda Velevitch

Cinema

Return to Calais (14 minutes)
A short documentary about refugees, past and present, and the gestures that connect us across history.

In May 1940, Paulette, a Belgian teenager, fled the Nazi invasion with her family and joined thousands of refugees on the roads of northern France, en route to Calais.

After Paulette’s death in 2016 In New York City, her daughter Edith finds her wartime journals. She makes a pilgrimage to Calais, over 75 years later, to honour the woman who sheltered Paulette and her family during the wartime bombings.

That same humanitarian spirit is alive today, she discovers, among the volunteers in Calais and their efforts on behalf of refugees who again have fled their home countries.

Q&A

Edith Goldenhar is a writer based in New York City whose articles, opinion pieces, and books illuminate ideas and leaders on the frontiers of social change. She is now working on a book which explores the connecting threads between her mother’s wartime experiences and today’s global refugee crisis.

Return to Calais is her first foray as film director and writer, drawing on her early career in New York’s downtown theatre. The film was produced by RockPaperScissors, a premier film and commercial editing company with offices in NYC and Los Angeles.

Matilda Velevitch is a regular volunteer with refugees at Care 4 Calais. She was born in Belgium. She is a playwright. Her award winning play, Three Mothers is currently touring the UK as part of Refugee Week. She first came across Edith's story in Calais and immediately recognised the connections, not only personally, but with the themes of Three Mothers; "Women moving forward, helping one another, despite adversity".  She contacted Edith to record a small clip of Paulette's story.  What came about was an extraordinary film, documenting the lasting impact of one person helping another - a family surviving, despite the odds.

Venue

JW3 Cinema
Add to Calendar 23/06/2019 18:00:00 23/06/2019 18:00:00 Refugee week - Return to Calais by Edith Goldenhar + Q&A Return to Calais (14 minutes) A short documentary about refugees, past and present, and the gestures that connect us across history. In May 1940, Paulette, a Belgian teenager, fled the Nazi invasion with her family and joined thousands of refugees on the roads of northern France, en route to Calais. After Paulette’s death in 2016 In New York City, her daughter Edith finds her wartime journals. She makes a pilgrimage to Calais, over 75 years later, to honour the woman who sheltered Paulette and her family during the wartime bombings. JW3 Cinema DD/MM/YYYY

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