Join Columbia University's Oasies Central Asian Film Series and the Harriman Institute for a screening of the moving drama, You Are Not an Orphan (Ty ne Sirota), made by Shukhrat Abbasov at Uzbekfilm Studio in 1962. It was once a major film, but is largely forgotten today. Behind the plot is a real-life story of an Uzbek couple who adopted fourteen wartime orphans, one of them Jewish. You Are Not an Orphan is a rare film depicting a difficult life in war-time Central Asia, and paying tribute to the events of the Holocaust.
The film will be introduced by Olga Gershenson, Associate Professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Gesher: Russian Theatre in Israel (2005), and an editor of Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender (2009). Her latest book is The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe (2013).