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A documentary about European Jews who fled Europe to escape the Nazis and found refuge in Ecuador.
A documentary about European Jews who fled Europe to escape the Nazis and found refuge in Ecuador.
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Screening of "An Unknown Country" at Florida Film Festival

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I am happy to report that my film was selected by the Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. The screening will take place Sunday, May 1, 2016, 4 PM at American Stage, 163 3rd Street North. This screening is sponsored by the Florida Holocaust Museum. 

If you know residents of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area you think might be interested in attending, please share this information with them. 

Here's the link for more information and tickets:

http://sunscreen-filmfestival.ticketleap.com/an-unknown-country/

Thanks,

Eva

Screening of "An Unknown Country" March 22, 2016

Dear friends of An Unknown Country,

I am happy to report that a screening of my documentary will take place Tuesday, March 22 at 7 PM at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street, New York City. Hope to see some of you at this event.  Kindly share this information with anyone you think might be interested in attending. 

This screening is sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television--NYWIFT. Please access event information and registration with this link: http://www.nywift.org/newsletter.aspx?id=5902

Thanks for your support of this project.

Eva

Tickets are $6 for NYWIFT members. $8 for students, seniors, Women Make Movies, DCTV, IFP, Center for Communications, Imagination, AAWIC members. $10 general admission. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the screening at the Anthology Box Office. Cash Only. Credit cards are not accepted at the Box Office. RSVP by prepayment online.

Screening of "An Unknown Country" June 20 in NYC

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Dear supporters of An Unknown Country:

Great news! Another screening of my film will take place in New York on Saturday, June 20th, 5:55 PM. It's been selected by the Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York. The festival begins June 17 at Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan. 

We need to fill the theater and hope you can help spread the word. Here is a flyer with all the information you'll need, including how to order free tickets. Please share the info with those you think might be interested in seeing the film.

I'd be most grateful for your help.

Thanks,

Eva

Screening of AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY
Screening of AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY

Screening this Saturday in Manhattan

Dear supporters of An Unknown Country,

Good news:  An Unknown Country will be screened in New York City at the 20th Lower East Side Festival of the Arts on Saturday, May 23, 1:40 PM. Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Streets), Manhattan. Free admission.

I will be there for the post-screening Q&A. Other films will also be shown that day from 1 PM to midnight.

Please spread the word to family/friends/acquaintances in the New York area. 

Thank you.

Eva

Reporting from Ecuador

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Dear friends of An Unknown Country,

I am reporting again from Ecuador, where I returned to participate in a series of events in the city of Cuenca that relate to topics explored in my documentary.

It was only fitting that on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the museum of Casa de la Cultura of Cuenca officially opened the exhibition titled, "Culture and Exile: The Jewish Migration in Cuenca." An Unknown Country is projected continuously in the gallery during the run of the exhibit till May 15. The exhibition  features paintings in the museum's collection that my uncle, Oscar Schwarz, a refugee from Vienna, created when he lived in Cuenca. Also featured are works of art brought to Ecuador by the refugees. There is a display of photos of paintings of Cuenca and other sites in Ecuador created by Otto Kohn, a prominent architect from Prague. He taught architecture in Cuenca and designed its first modern building. Also shown are his photos of Cuenca from the early 1940s and vintage images of newspaper ads from various restaurants and cafes the Jewish exiles opened in Cuenca.

The handsome illustrated catalogue explores the history of Jewish persecution, aspects of the Jewish presence in Cuenca, as well as the story of my relatives, the Schwarz family, and essays by Otto Kohn and my cousin, Prof. Egon Schwarz. Casa de la Cultura invited my cousin (son of Oscar Schwarz), who had also lived in Cuenca. He gave a talk about emigration from Nazi Germany, and granted several press interviews, so he was in the spotlight daily as was the story of Jewish exile to Ecuador.

I joined my cousin, the exhibit's curator, and local scholars in a panel discussion that drew a large, attentive audience. It was gratifying to see so much attention paid to the cultural impact the Jewish refugees had in that city.

Here is a photo from the newspaper, El Mercurio, in which I'm seen at the museum next to one of my uncle's paintings that depicts the sorrow of exile.