Ruch Odrodzenia Żydowskiego w Polsce prezentuje nowy projekt YAEL BARTANA Mur i wieża

25 czerwca, czwartek, godz. 19.00

Wieczór ten odbędzie się po zrealizowaniu pierwszego etapu budowy warszawskiego kibucu i po zakończeniu zdjęć filmowych. Film „Mur i wieża” zostanie zaprezentowany jesienią 2009 roku. Kreślimy tło historyczne tej realizacji i snujemy refleksje na temat „przyszłości, która pomaga odczarować przeszłość”.
(kuratorzy: Diana Schoef i Sebastian Cichocki)

W programie:
– powitanie: Jerzy Halbersztadt (Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich) i Sebastian Cichocki (Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie),
– wykład Yael Bartana,
– projekcje kronik filmowych z lat 30. o osadnictwie żydowskim,
– film „Mary Koszmary”, 2007 (w roli głównej: Sławomir Sierakowski)

english description of the project:

This new project follows a previous film produced in Poland in 2007 titled “Mary Koszmary” (Nightmares), an utopian vision of turning back the wheel of history.
In the film “Mary Koszmary” Slawomir Sierakowsky, a young Polish leftist enters the empty and deserted Olympic stadium of Warsaw accompanied by the sounds of the national anthem of Poland, and in a fiery speech he asks three million Jews to return to their homeland and help the poles deal with their nightmares.
The 11 minutes film espouse in general the seductive cinematic language of advertisements and in particular a propaganda film by Leni Riefenstahl the “Triumph of the will” from 1935.The new project is a continuation of the notion established in “Mary Koszmary”. A series of actions to „invade Jewish Land” in Europe will be the focus of this project, following the Zionist movement ethos of „we came to this land to build and to be built in it”.
A strong sense of urgency, as fascism rose in Europe and Nazism took over Germany, has led the Jewish community in Palestine, in between 1936 and 1939, to search for new measures to ensure their grasp of the land.
The Tower and Stockade project has taken place during the same years also known for the Great Arab revolt in Palestine. The violent uprising against the British mandate and Jewish immigration triggered the Jewish settlers to embark on an operation declaring a new reality of territory and enlarging Jewish settlements in Palestine.
In a well planned and overwhelm quick operations more than 57 points of settlements, many built over night, redefined Jewish possession of land in Palestine until our very days.
This measure has proven to be utmost successful, as little protest could be made against immediate settlements. The laws in Palestine at those days, based on Ottoman (Turkish) and British laws prohibited the destruction of already exciting settlements. Hence, all of them are still standing strong operating as agricultural settlements in the state of Israel.
The new film, based on a reversed use of the Zionist ethos, will raise the possibility of a Jewish renaissance in Poland. Jews are returning to Europe, following the call sent in „Mary Koszmary” to relive Jewish life in Poland.
In an inverse of history, a new settlement will be built by Jews, however, this time on Polish and Lithuanian land in the cities of Warsaw and Vilna. The settlement erected in the film will be true to the spirit of emergency and will be made of wood and designed with the same basic architecture symbolized by a protecting fence and a tower in the middle.
The settlement simplicity declares a presence which is an organic development of the space, while at the same time sends a message of aliens and hostility. The film will draw attention to this tension existing between the settlers as immigrants and their possibilities to assimilate and find an identity in Poland and in Europe.
Poland which was once home to the largest Jewish community in the world, will host again Jewish settlements. Where the Ghetto of Warsaw once stood, a new Jewish settlement will ground its roots in the film. Thus, not surprisingly, the settlement will be constructed in a walking distance from the Memorial to Heroes of Warsaw Ghetto.
In contrast to the image of slaughtered Jews of the Ghetto, the film will depict and define an image of Jews in accordance to the Israeli and Zionist spirit of the muscled and powerful Jew. The men and women in the film are independent both in action and in spirit. They are capable of fighting, conquering and regaining their lost land in Europe.
A vision of a renewed Jewish life and culture in Europe will borrow and follow those Zionist methods, in order to spread the word of a new establishment for Jewish communities doing their way back from Israel to Europe.
The film is also anchored in historical ideas and proposals for Jewish autonomies outside the land of Israel. In the past, a proposal for a Jewish settlement in Uganda Africa was introduced by the first leader of modern Zionism Theodor Herzl himself. Another example is a Jewish settlement established in the Soviet Union during Stalin’s regime.
The images portrayed in the film of hand made wooden settlements, made possible by the dedication and fortitude of courage’s young Jews, will raise unease contradictions related to nationalism, militarism, racism, anti-Semitism and immigration.

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