Thursday, December 14, from 6:30-8pm: in conjunction with Russian Revolution: A Contested Legacy, join curator Masha Chlenova and scholar Anastasiya Osipova for a screening and discussion of Jews on the Land, the 1927 short film (18min) by Abram Room. The film was made with the participation of notable avant-garde figures Viktor Shklovsky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Lilia Brik, who were committed to the project of Jewish emancipation.
The funding for Jews on Land came from OZET (the Association for the Agricultural Settlement of Jewish Workers), which also commissioned many of the printed posters and ephemera on view in the exhibition. This agitprop film about Jewish agricultural communes in Crimea chronicles the extreme poverty of post-WWI shtetl life, and the idealistic drive to re-settle Soviet Jews into a self-governing, agricultural way of life.
This event will be the final in a series of public programs organized alongside the exhibition, which closes December 16.