Published on January 16th, 2013 | by Greg

NY Jewish Film Festival: Oma And Bella

New York City is a showcase for cinema of all kinds. And from now until January 24th, there’s a film festival running that is definitely worth checking out. If it wasn’t for the Consumer Electronics Show, we would’ve already been attending, but as it is, we’re lucky to be alive after nearly a hundred miles of walking through halls and exhibits and booths. Thankfully, there’s nothing like a good movie to help restore the soul- so join us at the New York Jewish Film Festival, with tickets running a mere $13 (or less for students and members).

Earlier today, we caught the film Oma and Bella, a German documentary by director Alexa Karolinski, who captured some of the life of her grandmother and her grandmother’s lifelong best friend. Told gently, with lots of cooking (the director was actually in the process of writing a cookbook when she started filming), the movie explores the history of these two women, from lost childhoods in concentration camps to finding love and raising families. Filled with plenty of Jewish humor, it’s entirely in German with English subtitles, and it’s easy to enjoy the story of the two elderly ladies, still finding lots to appreciate about life.

We heard from the director, who was in person at the screening and discussed the ladies and their trials and tribulations. A Berliner herself, she answered some lingering questions and updated us all- and both are well, perky, and have seen the film and mostly worried about how their wrinkles would appear. Characters indeed, we wish them l’chaim.

Though no further screenings of this film are available, many others are! Get tickets now, online, and join us at Lincoln Center.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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