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iW's Project of the Day: "Oma & Bella," Two Elderly Jewish Women in Berlin

An image from Alexa Karolinski's "Oma & Bella." [Image courtesy of filmmaker.]

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"Oma & Bella"

Tweetable Logline:

Oma and Bella is an intimate film about two elderly Jewish women in Berlin with humor, stories, and a deep fondness for good food!

Elevator Pitch:

Oma and Bella is an intimate portrait of two elderly Jewish women in Berlin with humor, powerful stories, and a deep fondness for good food. As the documentary follows them through their daily lives, a portrait emerges of two Holocaust survivors who stayed in Germany. They answer questions of heritage, memory and identity, ultimately, through the re-creation of the sumptuous foods from their childhood. This film, made by Oma's granddaughter, follows them as they struggle to retain a part of their past while being very much engaged in the present.

Production Team:

Director/Producer/Editor: Alexa Karolinski
Cinematographers: Alexa Karolinski, Alexander Malecki, Bella Lieberberg, Günther Berghaus
Original Music: Annette Fox (Composer of "Vier Minuten")

About the Production:

I made this film because I want the world to meet Oma & Bella. These two elderly Jewish women have experienced the worst but they have never lost their faith in the goodness of mankind. That is what makes them the two most amazing people I know. It also doesn't hurt that they make the best chicken soup decked out in their pink and leopard printed clothes." -- Alexa Karolinski

Current Status:

Post-production.

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