A Shtetl in the Caribbean selected for Festival International du Film Insulaire de l’île de Groix!

The festival takes place August 23 to 27, Groix in France.

A Shtetl in the Carribean (2014) by 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. The film was recognized as Best Feature Documentary at the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival in New Delhi.

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.

The film is selected for Saratov Sufferings Film Festival, Ischia Film Festival, Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam, Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, en het Nederlands Film Festival.

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