CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

Three Minutes—A Lengthening

Year: 2020
Language: English
Run Time: 69 minutes

Three Minutes—A Lengthening
Three Minutes—A Lengthening
Three Minutes—A Lengthening
Three Minutes—A Lengthening

What can be captured in three minutes time? Unknown faces? Unmarked buildings? Look harder, and you may find a priceless snapshot of an unsuspecting Jewish town mere months before being devastated by the Holocaust. In 1938, David Kurtz and his wife departed Brooklyn for a grand tour of Europe and stopped off in what would later be identified as Nasielsk, Poland. There, Kurtz let his camera roll over snippets of everyday life: children’s smiling faces in the street, families departing the synagogue, and casual strolls around the town square. THREE MINUTES: A LENGTHENING features these precious moments of home film footage, meticulously studied and dissected to rescue the lost memory of this community. With the help of dedicated historians and the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Kurtz’s grandson, Glenn, attempts to piece together this image of history that would have otherwise been forgotten. A fascinating, illuminating process, these painstaking efforts serve as a visual memorial of the innocent Nasielsk faces and spaces we must never forget. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

Allen Theatre

Tuesday, April 05, 2022 at 12:05 PM

Wednesday, April 06, 2022 at 7:35 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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46th CIFF College Program

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Bianca Stigter

Floor Onrust

Bianca Stigter

David Kurtz

Katharina Wartena

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Anti-Defamation League

Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish FilmFest

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