Almost all Jews in South Africa are Litvaks - originally from Lithuania, a country in Eastern Europe whose capital was once dubbed “Jerusalem of the North” due to its thriving Jewish community and culture. As early as the 19th century, a handful of Lithuanian Jews crossed half of the world to reach the mystified shores of South Africa. The film explores bittersweet and contradictory circumstances that have constructed the identities of South African Litvaks. One cradle embraces world-renowned artists, activists, and those peacefully living simple lives in the new country, as well as those who fought against the apartheid government. A sense of loss and shared memories bind different generations. Personal recounts and anecdotes, told in the film, paint the tragedy of the Holocaust and war, the hope of a new life in South Africa, as well as unique bonds for the future.
The Snowball Rolled South / Riedėjo gniūžtė į pietus, 2018
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