USSR, 1919, 18 minutes, B&W
Public Exhibition Formats: Beta, 16MM, 35MM
This short propaganda film (agitka) tells the tale of a Jew who survives a pogrom and becomes a leader in the Red Army. Intended to indoctrinate Soviet citizens by showing heroic examples of conversion to the Revolutionary cause, the agitka (agitation pieces) were originally screened on Russian 'film trains.' A rare portrait of a Jewish character in early Russian cinema.
Vienna Jewish Film Festival (1996)
Barbican Center for the Arts, London (1996)
NCJF Film Restoration
Preservation and Restoration funded by MCA / Universal.
Special thanks to The American Film Institute, Brandeis University, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, The National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from Witcom Associates, Charles Casper, Shaul Goskind and Natan Gross.
1990 Restoration © The National Center for Jewish Film
Producer: Sharon Pucker Rivo
Associate Producer: Miriam Saul Krant
English Subtitles: Robert Szulkin
Technical Directors: Eileen Finkelstein, Nancy Seymour
Title Production: Loren Miller, Wrightson Typographers
Title Animation: Frame Shop
Laboratory: John E. Allen, Inc.
Comrade Abram by I. Ermolyev
By Order of the Moscow Cinema Committee 1919
Scenario F. Shipulinsky (An episode from the biography of N. Krylenko)
Director A. Razumny
Editor M. Shneiderova
P. Pavlov (Old Hersh)
D. Bukoetsky (His son, Abram)
A. Francescetti (His daughter)
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