Cold War Christmas

short film

July 7, 2017 , 7:00 PM

[1st Floor]

A short film by Emma Penaz Eisner, special jury mention - The New Bohemia. Director: Emma Penaz Eisner, 2016, 5 min, USA. Cold War Christmas is an award-winning, short experimental non-fiction film. In 1970's America, a Czech immigrant family lovingly celebrates a beautiful Christmas Eve, but is all calm and bright? The film is an immersive collage of image, sound, and silence that evokes the defector's experience of displacement during the Cold War era. Eisner worked with her grandfather's Super 8 film footage from 1971, analogue equipment from the same era, and modern digital camera equipment to create the film's cinematography. The original soundtrack features today's voices of the young mother and father in the film reel, the filmmaker's grandparents, then in their twenties and now in their seventies. Cold War Christmas is a work that draws viewers into the sense of displacement, loss, and discovery inherent in the experience of Czech immigrants to America. The film elucidates this experience by using image and sound to create a bridge between what it means to be Czech and what it means to be American, particularly during the Cold War.

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Organized by: Czech Center NY