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B’nai Sholom to Screen True Story “Nowhere in Africa”

B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will present a screening of “Nowhere in Africa,” the extraordinary true tale of a Jewish family that flees the Nazi regime in 1938 for a remote farm in Kenya.

 “Nowhere in Africa” will be shown Saturday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, N.Y. Refreshments will be available. Suggested contribution: $3.

 Abandoning their once-comfortable existence in Germany, Walter Redlich, his wife Jettel (Juliane Köhler, of “Aimée and Jaguar”) and their 5-year-old daughter Regina each deal with the harsh realities of their new life in different ways. Attorney Walter is resigned to working the farm as a caretaker; pampered Jettel resists adjustment at every turn; while the shy yet curious Regina immediately embraces the country – learning the local language and customs, and finding a friend in Owuor, the farm’s cook.

As the war rages on the other side of the world, the trio’s relationships to their strange environment become increasingly complicated as Jettel grows more self-assured and Walter more haunted by the life they left behind. As they eventually learn to cherish their life in Africa, they also endeavor to find a way back to each other.

Winner of the 2002 Academy Award for “Best Foreign Language Film,” as well as five 2002 German Film Awards (Golden Lolas), including Best Film, Director and Cinematography, “Nowhere in Africa” was written and directed by Caroline Link and is based on the best-selling autobiographical novel by Stefanie Zweig.

The 141-minute film is in German and Swahili with English subtitles.

For more information, visit www.bnaisholomalbany.org or contact the B’nai Sholom office at 518-482-5283 or office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us.

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