My apologies if you've already received this notice. This time I am not promoting my documentary but someone else's film to be screened at this year's Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York, which takes place from June 2 to 5. Here is the link: http://www.ecuadorianfilmfest.com
The film, "And There was Fire in the Center of the Earth," directed by Bernhard Hetzenauer, will be shown at the festival on Sunday, June 5, 1:30 PM at Syndicated Theater, Bar & Restaurant, 40 Bogart Street, Brooklyn--easily reached from Manhattan by subway on the L line to the Morgan Avenue stop.
This film tells the story of Vera Kohn, who is also featured in my film. In 1939 she fled Nazi persecution in Czechoslovakia to find refuge with her family in Ecuador. After a career as a leading actress in Quito, she became a practicing psychologist and teacher of Zen meditation in her adopted country. In this film, the director contrasts and merges Vera’s story with his personal questions of collective guilt and individual responsibility as he attempts to come to terms with his family’s legacy: his Austrian grandfather had been a member of the SS, the Nazi party’s military elite corps.
Please spread the word about this screening to friends and family in the New York area. Consider attending the festival. Ecuador's cinema is growing and developing a unique identity.
The festival will donate half the proceeds from ticket sales to the Ecuadorian Shelter Initiative (www.Ecuadorianshelterinitiative.org) which supports programs that assist victims of Ecuador's recent earthquake with shelters and housing reconstruction.