Spotlighting National Film Board of Canada at the 2018 Victoria Film Festival

2 Feb


My Yiddish Papi (Quebec)
Sun, Feb 4 | 1:30pm | Capital 6

On July 16 and 17, 1942, the French police of the Vichy government cordoned off various Parisian districts to arrest Jewish families during an operation cynically code-named “Spring Breeze.” History remembers this as the Vél’ d’Hiv Roundup, and to see this account recalled through an animation medium feels not only somber but also inspirational.

This work by Éléonore Goldberg is her story, about her regrets, her account of this moment of history, as recalled by what her grandfather told her, before his passing. While she celebrates his memory in this piece, her character expresses regrets. Had she answered the phone, she would have one more moment before her Papi passed.

This film is not sad, but it evokes a lot of emotion in the style of art used. Through the use of ink drawings, gouache, and pigment on paper, the way the colours flow and bleed does foreshadow a type of gloom as the past is recalled. The use of medium shots and close-ups help define how personal this dread is.

Goldberg said, “Making this film allowed me to make good on my promise to my grandfather to share one of his adventures. I chose this one because it was his first gesture of defiance—a gesture that ultimately led to his involvement in the French Resistance and the survival of his family.

“[If there are any lessons to be learned] fascism is never far away; that our rights and freedoms should never be taken for granted; that we must remain on the lookout for signs of intolerance, violence, racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia and especially, take them seriously, denounce them. And once there, we need to vote, if not for a party that fully represents our ideas and values, then at least against the xenophobic parties. It’s important.”

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