Friday, July 11, 2014

Skokie native Sharon Karp's A Song for You screens at Illinois Holocaust Museum Sunday

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The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center hosts a public screening of the film A Song for You on Sunday, July 13 at 1:30 p.m.  The filmmaker Sharon Karp and co-director Silvia Malagrino will be on hand for discussion after the screening.

Throughout the film, Skokie native Sharon Karp comes to grips with her family history and weaves interviews with her mother, fragments of a book her father wrote, home movies and historical footage. The film tells the story of how Karp’s parents, George and Gisela Karp, with their infant daughter escaped the Nazis by crossing the Pyrenees with the help of the French Resistance. Sometimes only steps ahead of Hitler’s troops, the Karp family was on the run for five harrowing years.

“It has taken seven long years to make this film,” said Karp. “During the process, I was forced to confront my own trauma as a child of survivors. I also discovered that the miracle of my family’s survival was achieved through strength of will, courage and the help of other people who risked their own lives.”

Karp is a founding member of the Chicago-based film collective Kartemquin Films. In 1995 she formed her own video and post-production house, Media Monster.

Silvia Malagrino is an international award-winning artist, filmmaker and native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malagrino is a recipient of numerous grants and awards. Recently, she was awarded with the State of Illinois Distinguished Artist award for her contributions to Art and Society.

This program is free with Museum admission and free for Museum members.

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Located at 9603 Woods Dr, in Skokie, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide.