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Film Screening: Trezoros, The Lost Jews of Kastoria

Followed by a Talk-Back Session with Directors Lawrence Russo and Larry Confino

Wednesday, June 7, 7:15PM

Trezoros (Ladino/Judeo Spanish term of endearment meaning “Treasures”), an emotionally compelling first-person documentary, chronicles-- through never before seen archival footage-- one of many former Sephardic communities which had existed in Greece before World War II. Kastoria, an idyllic lakeside village, saw Jews and Christians living in harmony for over two millennium. October of 1940 saw Axis forces break through Greek defenses, eventually dooming the Jewish community that had existed since the times of the Roman Empire.

 

Running time: 94 minutes in English, Greek, Hebrew, and Ladino with English subtitles.

 

About the Directors:

Lawrence Russo studied at NYU’s film school and co-founded ‘The Shooting Gallery’ film studio in Tribeca. In addition to co-producing a number of feature films he created & directed the Emmy-nominated PBS short film showcase ‘ShortCuts’, hosted by Louis CK.

 

Larry Confino is the founder of Synapse Productions and executive director of ImageRescue, Inc. For over 25 years Confino has been producing and directing documentaries and commercial projects.  He directed the documentary "Racing Roman" and co-produced the award winning documentary "Shoot Down."

 

Both of their families are from Katoria and are featured in the film.

 

$5 members/ $8 non-members.  Register here. 

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