A Film Screening – The Gift to Stalin

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Dir. Rustem Abdrashev (95 min, Kazakhstan/Russia, 2008)
In Russian, Kazakh, and Hebrew with English Subtitles

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Washington DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Click here for discounted tickets

Set against the sweeping beauty of the Kazakh steppes, Gift is the heartwarming tale of a young orphaned Jewish boy who is sent into exile during a Stalinist purge, but saved by a gruff older Muslim. Gorgeously photographed, the film exhibits the kind of charm that critics have compared to Cinema Paradiso and Il Postino.

Including a presentation from Kairat Umarov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the US

Followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Cathy Cosman, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Alexander Baron, President, “Mitzvah” Association of Jewish National Organizations of  Kazakhstan
  • Mark Levin, Executive Director of NCSEJ: Advocates on behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia
  • Moderated by: Michael Rouland, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University – History of Russia, Central Asia, and Afghanistan

Join us for a reception prior to the film at the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan at 6:00 pm, 1401 16th St NW