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Thursday, Jun 9 at 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Holding Hands with Ilse

With the Abraham Ravett & Abigail Child

We’re so happy to join hands with Abraham Ravett to screen his feature documentary film Holding Hands with Ilse! Ravett’s journey began with a small photograph taken circa 1950 of him and the German teenage girl, Ilse, who took care of him between 1948-1950 in Walbrzych, Poland. Knowing only her first name, the film tracks the filmmaker’s search for Ilse.

With its gentle and contemplative narrative pace, we accompany Ravett through the landscapes of western Poland as he slowly unearths the various connections that finally lead him to Ilse.

Abraham Ravett will be in attendance for a conversation following the screening.


Holding Hands with Ilse by Abraham Ravett

93 min., 2017

Holding Hands With Ilse ( 2017) is Abraham Ravett’s documentary film about the search for the German teenage girl who took care of the filmmaker between 1948-1950 in Walbrzych, Poland where he was born. Knowing only her first name and possessing only a small photograph taken in 1950 of the two of them, the filmmaker explores the urban landscapes of western Poland and the journey toward their unexpected reunion in Ibbenbüren, Germany.

97 mins

Abraham Ravett holds a B.F.A and M.F.A in filmmaking and photography and has been an independent filmmaker for the past thirty-five years. He was born in Poland and raised in Israel and the U.S.A. Mr. Ravett received grants for his work from the Massachusetts Cultural Council; National Foundation for Jewish Culture: Fund for Documentary Filmmaking; National Endowment for the Arts; The Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities; The Japan Foundation; The LEF Foundation; The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation; and a 1994 filmmaking fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His films have been screened internationally, including at several one-person shows at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. His work has won “Top Prize” at the Viennale 2000, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Onion City Film/Video Festival. In 1999, he collaborated with dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones on his solo performance “The Breathing Show.” A retrospective of Ravett’s films was shown at the 2014 Festival Film Dokumenter Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Thursday, Jun 9
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm


BROOKLYN, NY 11211 United States

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