The Jewish Connection With The Brazilian Cinematheque
Ann Helen Wainer

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This four-week lecture series will explore Jewish heritage as it relates to the Luso-Brazilian film industry. Attendees will view four films dealing with these topics: Jewish immigration to Portugal and Brazil; the Inquisition Tribunals and Antonio da Silva, a Portuguese writer whose reputation is comparable to Moliere; Stefan Zweig’s last days in Brazil; immigration laws during and after World War II and, Ladino and Ashkenazi songs. The films are chronological  from 16th-century colonial Brazil through the 20th-century, long after Portuguese rule had been abolished. Attendees will have the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable film journey to Brazil while also learning historical and literary facts through the analysis of film.
1. Caminhos da Memória: A Trajetória dos Judeus em Portugal Paths of Memory: The Trajectory of the Jews in Portugal (2002)
2. O Judeu - The Jew (1996)
3. Lost Zweig: Stefan Zweig’s last days in Brazil (2003)
4. Tempos de Paz – Peacetime (2009)
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Ann Helen Wainer is an attorney in Brazil and holds Master degrees in Corporate Law and Arts in Religious Studies. Published books include: Civil Liability of the Developer; Brazilian Environmental Legislation, A Jewish Perspective on Ecology, and Jewish and Brazilian Connections to New York, India, and Ecology: A Collection of Essays.  She also co-published  with Rabbi Daniel Kahane  The Kabbalah of Time

Ms. Wainer has participated in seminars on global climate change and was an ARIL/Cross Currents Coolidge Fellow in NYC.  Additionally, Ann has lectured extensively about the Holocaust and has written Family Portrait, her family history, published in the U.S.  Her lectures in the U.S. and Brazil include the Brazilian Connection to Jewish Life in America. A native Brazilian film expert, she specializes in Brazilian Jewish cinematheque, and is considered a pioneer in this field of study.

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Date: Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member