AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


CRITICAL WOMEN HEADLINES

4/1/08

The Memory Thief

The Memory Thief

Gil Kofman

Plot:

Lukas, acted by Mark Webber (The Hottest State, Broken Flowers, Storytelling) is a young man working as a tollbooth clerk when a chance encounter with a Holocaust survivor suddenly ignites an obsession with the survivors and their horrific recollections of evil His journey to learn, intellectually and emotionally what happened during those troubled times brings the viewer into a world where questions are asked and answers are sought with more success than we are usually afforded. The questions I found most pressing were:


How can one continue to believe in a God when there is nothing but the ill will of a God in clear evidence?



Why is it that few survivers talk to those near and dear to them about their experience in the war, the horrors they survived. And most importantly, when the experience is embraced, is talked about, what is the possible result? How much memory of pain suffering and inhuman treatment can a person survive and still live what is thought to be a "normal" life.


These question are poignantly offered and attempted to be answered in this film It is an attempt that will stay with you long after the lights come up and you look around and know it was only a film. Obviously the question of how to survive the Holocaust can be asked of most horrors of war that many people today are forced to endure.



I recommend The Memory Thief for the superb acting and for the compelling story and the honesty in treatment of this timely subject.



LindaZ

WBAI Women's Collective



'Memory Teeth'

Opens at New York City's Quad Cinema May 9

located at 34 West 13th Street in New York City

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