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Survival & Memory: What Decent People Do In Times of Crisis
2017 The Optimists (at IU Woodburn Hall Theater)
Ryder Film Series
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:00PM

IU Woodburn Hall Theater
1100 East 7th St
Bloomington, IN 47405

The Optimists is part of the film series Survival & Memory: What Decent People Do In Times of Crisis, which focuses on the films of Jacky Comforty. The Ryder Film Series is screening three of his films: In the Shadow of Memory,The Optimists, and Balkan Jazz. Mr. Comforty will host discussions after some of the screenings.

About the Film
How were 50,000 Bulgarian Jews saved from the Holocaust despite the intense efforts of their government to deport them? The Optimists tells the dramatic story of how people of all ethnic backgrounds and religions secured the safety of their Jewish neighbors at the eleventh hour.

About the director Jacky Comforty:
Jacky Comforty has created documentary films and videos in the United States, Germany, Israel, and Bulgaria. He commands a range of genres, from documentaries to comedies. Over the last 30 years, Jacky Comforty has specialized in two main subjects. His work has been groundbreaking in the fields of Inclusive Education and Holocaust Studies. He is particularly known for his work on the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust. He is known for the effective, sensitive, interviewing techniques he has developed for oral histories and other projects requiring on-camera discussions that are genuine, meaningful, and in-depth.

Doors will open 30 minutes before the film screening. The film will run 1 hour and 22 minutes. Tickets will be sold at the door if still available (cash only).

*There are multiple screenings of this film. The following screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the director:
Friday April 21, 8pm at IU Woodburn Hall Theater
Friday, April 28, 8pm at IU Woodburn Hall Theater

This screening will be followed by a Q & A with the director Jacky Comforty.