A Shtetl in the Caribbean selected for the Saratov Sufferings Film Festival 2015

From October 29th until November 3rd 2015 the Saratov Sufferings Film Festival takes place in Saratov, Russia. On Monday November 2nd the film A Shtetl in the Caribbean by Sherman De Jesus will be screened in the Panorama.KINODOK.EURO Competition. 

The first edition of the Saratov Suffering – International Telekinofestival for Documentary Melodrama was held in 2004. The festival originated from the tradition of folk music from Saratov, a genre that is also called ‘suffering’ music. The motto of the festival is ‘documentary – a film for the audience’.



A Shtetl in the Carribean (2014) van Sherman De Jesus tells the compelling story of two childhood friends who grew up on Curaçao, in search for their family history in Eastern Europe.

Mark and Tsale, children of Eastern European Jews that fled to Curaçao, travel back to the home countries of their ancestors. In a documentary road-movie across Curaçao, the United States, Belarus, Ukraine and Israel, we witness their discoveries, courage and despair while they are reminded of the sacrifices their parents had to make to provide their family with a better future.

This unknown story is revealed in a journey from the desolate wastelands of Eastern Europe to the exotic Caribbean, a contrast metaphoric for the history of Mark and Tsale’s ancestors.

A Shtetl in the Caribbean originated from a strong emotion: we are all part of the same family, no matter how different we are. The film is also an homage to Curaçao, a small island with a big heart, and a place that has been a safe haven for strangers. Only in such a place a human being can truly build a home.

More information on the Saratov Sufferings Film Festival: http://sarstrad.ru.


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