Selections + Selectors is a series of film screenings held monthly at the Wythe Hotel in their private screening room. Each month, powerful film content is screened followed by conversations with subject matter loosely related to the content of each film. Nights will conclude with vinyl only DJ sets by some of the city’s best DJs.
The series returns in September 2017 for a third season, continuing its partnership with the Wythe Hotel .
Given the state of present day global affairs, series founder Andrew Lockhart believes it only fitting to turn the spotlight on the “fairer sex” for this leg of Selections + Selectors. Our host for this season is A Womens Magazine (www.awomensthing.org) and all cinematic programming will either be about or made by exceptional women.
On September 20, A powerful and moving film will be making its Brooklyn Premiere at Selections + Selectors.
“NANA” – a transgenerational documentary on tolerance.
The evening will be hosted by the ladies of A Womens' Thing Magazine (www.awomensthing.org) and the screening will be preceeded by cocktails in the Wythe Hotel's 65-person screening room and lounge. Following the screening, a short discussion will follow, led by the director Serena Dykman and a panel of noteworthy persons.
After the conversation, guests are encouraged to hang out and enjoy some of the Wythe's amazing cocktails while listening to a vinyl only set by a surprise guest DJ.
It promises, as always, to be a very fun evening.
7pm - Doors + Cocktails
8pm - Screening Begins
940pm - Conversation
10pm - Vinyl only DJ set
The film, directed by 24 year old Serena Dykman, documents her journey with her mother Alice retracing her grandmother’s Auschwitz survival story, and investigating how her lifelong fight against intolerance can continue to be taught to the new generations, against the backdrop of current events.
Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant, Dykman’s grandmother, born in Poland, survived Ravensbruck, Malchow, and Auschwitz, where she was the forced translator of the “Angel of Death”, Dr. Mengele. She dedicated her post-war life to publicly speaking of her survival to the young generations, so that it would never be forgotten or repeated. Alice and Serena, her daughter and granddaughter, explore how Maryla’s activism and crucial message can continue today, in a world where survivors are disappearing, and intolerance, racism and anti-Semitism are on the rise.
Already the recipient of multiple prestigious awards on the festival circuit, including the Leon Award for Best Documentary at the St. Louis International Film Festival, where it had its world premiere this past November, the Bill Snyder Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Fargo Film Festival, the Best Biography Award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Silver Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, and the Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker at the Harlem International Film Festival. In addition to these, “NANA” was recently part of a festival for Human Rights, organized by Amnesty International in France, where it received the Audience Choice Special Mention.
“I was inspired to make this documentary after reading my grandmother's memoir a couple of years ago. I realized that she was more than a survivor, more than a Polish Jew. The reason she went back to Auschwitz and told her story publicly thousands of times was so that it would never be forgotten, and would never happen to anyone again,” said Serena Dykman. “Her activism and continuous fight against intolerance still lives today, 14 years after her death, through the thousands of people she touched, and now through NANA, she can continue her crucial work.”
NANA is a deeply moving and unsettling film, that makes people think about the concepts of tolerance and acceptance of the other, especially in the current political and social climate. A documentary to watch. Essential.
The score is composed by animated feature film Anne Frank’s Diary’s composer Carine Gutlerner, and the sound designer is two-time Grammy-award winner Charles de Montebello.
? Film website: http://www.nanafilm.com
? Company website: www.dyamantpictures.com
? NANA trailer 1: https://vimeo.com/174019353
? NANA trailer 2: https://vimeo.com/195393921
? NANA facebook page: www.facebook.com/NanaADocumentary
? NANA twitter: www.twitter.com/DocumentaryNana
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