Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Film: The Gift to Stalin
Washington DCJCC

Back by popular demand!  See the 20th WJFF Closing Night Film in a special second screening.

WJFF: Gift to StalinTHE GIFT TO STALIN
Podarok Stalinu

January 7, 7:30 pm

Sasha (Dalen Shintemirov), a young Jewish orphan, is sent into exile during a Stalinist purge. Losing his grandfather on the journey, Sasha is rescued by a gruff widowed rail worker Kasym (played by the renowned Kazakh actor Nurzhuman Ikhtimbaev). Kasym takes the boy to his remote village where Sasha becomes part of a surrogate family of other cast outs including the warm-hearted Vera (Yekatrina Rednikova). Sasha befriends other children and encounters an evil Russian army major and a nasty local policeman. Kasym, a Muslim living by the tenets of ethnic and religious tolerance, renames Sasha as Sabyr, meaning "humble of heart" in its Arabic origin, but the older man preserves the boy's Jewish identity. What Sasha/Sabyr finds on the lovingly-filmed, sweeping Kazakh steppes is more than survival in this lyrical story told through the poignant memories of a child. 
Kazakhstan, 2008, 35mm, 97 minutes, Kazakh and Russian with English subtitles. Director: Rustem Abdrashev

This screening is also a special "thank you" to volunteers at the 20th WJFF.  Volunteers should have received an email with instructions on how to redeem your free ticket for the Jan. 7 screening.  If you haven't received the email or need more information, please contact susan@wjff.org.

 

ONLINE TICKET PURCHASING IS NOW CLOSED. THE BOX OFFICE WILL BE OPENED AT 6:45PM OUTSIDE THE THEATER. YOU MAY PURCHASE TICKETS THERE. THANK YOU! 

Date:
Time: 7:30 PM
Address:
1529 16th St
Washington, DC 20036

We're sorry, the deadline for online sales has passed. Contact program staff listed above to purchase by phone.

 


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