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Film Screening to Commemorate National Holocaust Remembrance Day of Lithuania
The Embassy of Lithuania in cooperation with the Vilna Gaon State Jewish museum cordially invites you to a screening of the documentary Seserys (Sisters, 2016, 60 min.) that will take place on September 25th at the Lithuanian Embassy in London.
Seserys (Sisters) is a moving rescue story of Danutė Pomerancaitė, the girl who was born in the Kaunas Ghetto and later became a well-known violinist. The story is about the noble, altruistic, extraordinary people, Danutė’s rescuers: the actress Elena Žalinkevičaitė-Petrauskienė, her husband, the opera singer Kipras Petrauskas, about Balys Simanavičius, the first rescuer of Danutė Pomerancaitė and others.
The film will show the rich musical life in pre-war Kaunas, Danutė’s father, the violinist Danielius Pomerancas who was the pioneer of jazz in Lithuania, the famous opera singer of the 20th century Kipras Petrauskas and the fate of their families scattered by the war and the rescued girl, Danutė Pomerancaitė, who brought them together.
The documentary was made in Kaunas and Vilnius, with the participation of professor of violin at Boston University College of Fine Arts Dana Pomerants-Mazurkevich (Danutė Pomerancaitė) and Aušra Petrauskaitė, Kipras Petrauskas’ daughter.
Two sisters – Aušra Petrauskaitė and Dana Pomerants-Mazurkevich – speak how Danutė found herself in the family of Kipras and Elena Petrauskas and what impact they made on her life.
The screening is dedicated to commemorate the National Memorial Day for the Genocide of Lithuanian Jews. The event will begin with opening remarks from the new Ambassador of Lithuania His Excellency Renatas Norkus, followed by Ms Kamilė Rupeikaitė’s, Deputy Director of Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, introduction to the film. Ms Danutė Pomerancaitė – the main hero of the documentary – will grace the event with her presence, since she has kindly agreed to arrive to this particular screening from Boston, the United States.
25th September, Monday, at 6:30 for 7PM start.
Embassy of Lithuania, Lithuania House, 2 Bessborough Gardens, London SW1V 2JE.
Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-holocaust-memorial-day-commemoration-film-screening-sisters-tickets-37643416472
Please note that before the screening we will observe the traditional candle lighting ceremony in memory of Lithuanian Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
Light (Kosher) refreshments will be available after the event.