"L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!"

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Dec 6 10:29:12 MST 2002


New Documentary Focuses on the First Jewish Homeland...
Created by Stalin in 1928!

Press Screening on January 10; U.S. Theatrical Premiere on January 31

The Cinema Guild, announces the U.S. theatrical premiere of the new
documentary "L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!" from BlackStream Films and
award-winning filmmaker Yale Strom ("The Last Klezmer," "Carpati: 50
Miles, 50 Years"). "L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!" will open on January 31
at the Quad Cinema in New York and on March 5 (the 50th anniversary of
Stalin's death) at the Music Hall Theater in Los Angeles.

There will be a press screening for the New York-area media on Friday,
January 10, at 11am at the Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, between 5th
& 6th Avenues).  This will be the only press screening for this film.

"L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!" details the birth of the first Jewish
homeland since the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. No, not the State of
Israel... the Jewish Autonomous Region, created by Stalin in a
previously-unsettled stretch of land on Siberia's Far Eastern border in
April 1928. Although geographically closer to Seoul than Moscow, the
Jewish Autonomous Region (or J.A.R., as it became known) attracted
Jewish settlers from across the Soviet Union and even as far away as the
United States, Argentina, and Palestine. The J.A.R. was the first place
in the world where Yiddish culture thrived, and by 1948 the Jewish
population peaked at 45,000 (roughly one-quarter of the region's total
demographics). The J.A.R. was home to Yiddish-language schools,
theaters, publications and synagogues.

Filmed on location in the J.A.R. capital of Birobidzhan and featuring
interviews with pioneer settlers, current residents, plus footage never
before seen outside of Russia, as well as the rare propaganda film
Seekers of Happiness, "L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!" offers an unusual
glimpse into the most intriguing chapter in 20th century Jewish and
Russian histories.

Yale Strom is available in New York for interviews.

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All media inquiries and press screening RSVPs: Open City Communications,
212-714-3575 or Opencity at aol.com
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