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Documentary Film: Finding Babel

  • The Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St. San Francisco United States (map)
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Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy streets

The documentary film Finding Babel follows Andrei Malaev-Babel, the grandson of famed Odessa-born Jewish author Isaac Babel, as he journeys through locations deeply tied to the life and writings of his grandfather, searching for a better understanding of the enigmatic man he never met. Babel’s writings, considered masterpieces of Russian literature, challenged the reality of life under rising Soviet totalitarianism, leading to his execution in 1940 during Stalin’s purges. 2016, 88 minutes. In English and Russian, with subtitles.

Co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia, the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, and Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California.