Klasse

Dir. Malia Bruker
(9 min, GermanyUnited States, 2016)
Documentary Short

Klasse tracks back to the winter of 1938 in Jewish Hamburg at the height of WWII in a classroom kept just as it was during the war. The chairs, desks, chalkboards, and solid walls are reminders of the haunting fixity of place against the trace of memories left as records of a tortuous time.

The intimate cast of German middle school students and professional dancers bring to life letters written between young classmates as they left one by one on the Kindertransport, reimagining the courageous spirit of children with uncertain futures, both then and now.

Presented as part of Memory’s Flight (Shorts Program).

Screenings

Sunday, May 21, 5:00 pm
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC

Monday, May 22, 6:15 pm
Bethesda Row Cinema
7235 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD

E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can't use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact boxoffice@wjff.org for a credit or refund.

Guests

Screenings followed by a Q&A with Hannah Schwadron, Producer and Choreographer of Klasse.

Hannah Schwadron is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in dance history, critical theory, and choreography. She is the author of The Case of the Sexy Jewess: Dance, Gender and Jewish Joke-work in US Pop Culture (forthcoming from Oxford University Press), and continues to perform on themes related to Jewishness, gender, and sexuality.

Her interest in Jewish dance studies led her to Hamburg, Germany, where she has explored local family history through live performance with middle school students and the making of the dance film, Klasse (directed by Malia Bruker and orchestrated by Louis Schwadron). She is now collaborating with Afghan immigrants on the experience of contemporary refugeeism in the cityscape today, creating performance on migration histories of Hamburg past and present through partnering improvisation and dance humor.

Tickets

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E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can’t use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact boxoffice@wjff.org for a credit or refund.

This event finished on May 23, 2017.