Shifra’le: Forgotten Memories of Ibergus

by Editor on 14/05/2010

Shifra Lerer started her life long acting career in the Yiddish theater in Argentina at the age of five. She was only nine years old when she played in Leib Malach’s controversial play Ibergus about the Jewish sex trade in Latin America. Years later, she recall the play, her role and the controversial circumstances surrounding the month long stage production in Buenos Aires’ Teatro Ideal. She can no longer remember her lines, but still remembers the controversy:

Ibergus?It was a play that made you nervous, made you think about things, made you be concerned abut things…

From an interview with Shifra Lerer, NYC, 2010

It was a shameful episode in the life of Yiddish life in Argentina. I can’t tell you much about it because being at this age, I was too young to understand…

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Coffee with Sheinfeld

by Editor on 21/06/2009

It was Las Polacas (2008, working title) meeting A Tale of a Ring (2007, Hebrew) at a Tel Aviv café on a warm spring day in April 2008. Creative writing and documentary filmmaking, Buenos Aires and Tel Aviv, Polacas, Shtetls, Jewish folklore and the Holocaust were among the many topics discussed with Israeli novelist Ilan Sheinfeld.
(to be continued…)

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Pre-Production Research

by Editor on 1/06/2009

Pre-production research got into full swing in the spring of 2009 at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Judaica Library at the Brandeis University:

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The Project

by Editor on 1/06/2009

The documentary Laid to Rest highlights the largely untold story of the Jewish white trade in Buenos Aires between 1870’s-1930. Tracing the trail of documents, locations and people involved with the story, the film will present the ongoing unresolved conflicts and challenges that have been following the Jewish community in Buenos Aires to this day.

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