Thanks to everyone for making this year's film series a success. Don't miss our March 28, 2010 event at 2pm, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, MDA 1097 (Behind the Medical Clinic)
Film: A Secret
Scholar: Madeline Camara, Ph.D., USF Associate Professor of World Languages
Clinician: Lycia Alexander-Guerra, M.D. Psychiatrist/Psychoanalyst
About A Secret: A Secret follows the saga of a Jewish family in post-World War II Paris. Francois, a solitary, imaginative child discovers a dark family secret that ties his family s history to the Holocaust and shatters his illusions forever. Adapted from psychoanalyst, Philippe Grimbert`s celebrated truth-inspired novel Memory.
About Dr. Camara:
Born in Havana, 1957. BA in Hispanic Lang and Lit in University of Havana, MA in Women Studies in Colegio de Mexico, Ph.d in Hispanic Lang and Lit in SUNY at Stony Brook. Has taught at University of La Havana, UNAM, and San Diego State University, California. Was the founder and editor of literary journal Letras Cubanas, in La Habana (1986-1992). Presently she writes a literary column for El Nuevo Herald. She has received a Rockefeller Resident Fellowship in the Humanities in Florida International University, in 1997, as well as a Fullbright Award Border Program in 2001.She is the author, among others, of Vocacion de Casandra (NY, Peter Lang: 2000) and co-editor of Cuba: the Ellusive Nation (Gainsville, Florida UP, 2000). Next books are La letra rebelde: estudios de escritoras cubanas (Miami:Universal, 2002) and La memoria hechizada (Barcelona:Icaria, 2002) Her present research deals with the image of the mulata as an icon for Cuban identity.
Sunday, April 11, 2010 *Program Begins at 2 PM*
Films: And the Violins Stopped Playing and Purple Triangles
Presenter: Yale Strom, Artist-in-Residence, San Diego State University
Clinician: Michael Poff, MSW, Psychoanalyst
“He's a gifted photographer and author, a talented documentary filmma
ker and has his own klezmer band... Strom's multifaceted career is a wonder, and his work schedule is downright fiendish.”
“An award-winning musician, author, filmmaker and scholar, this maverick does so many things with such great skill and vision that he's in a league of his own."- George Varga - Music Critic of the San Diego Union-Tribune. " “Through his art, Strom has brought back his spiritual ancestors."
- Time Magazine.
Yale Strom is one of the world's leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer and Roma music and history. Strom's klezmer research was instrumental in forming the repertoire of his klezmer band, Hot Pstromi, based in
As a collaborator Strom has had numerous world-renowned partners, including Andy Statman, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Mark O'Connor, Alicia Svigals, Joel Rubin, Hankus Netsky, Peter Sprague, Samir Chatterjee, Salman Ahmad, Gavin Rossendale, Damian Draghici and Kalman Balogh, to name but a few. With Salman Ahmad, Strom is cofounder of the world music ensemble Common Chords and together performed at the United Nations General Assembly in the recent "Concert for
Strom has directed seven award-winning documentary films: "At the Crossroads"; "The Last Klezmer" (winner best ecumenical film at the Berlin International Film Festival); "Carpati: 50 miles, 50 Years" (Emmy award); "L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!"; "Klezmer on Fish Street" (Special Jury Selection, Palm Beach International Film festival; "Man From Munkatsh" (produced for
Strom 's original stage play . . . from man. . . to beast... to crawling thing , was given a fully-staged workshop in June of 2001 by the Streisand Festival (
As a photographer, Strom has exhibited extensively. His solo photo exhibit The Roma of Ridgewood , about Gypsy communities in
Strom was the guest curator for the Eldridge Street Project's "A Great Day on
Strom is a dedicated educator and has lectured extensively all over the world. His lectures and concerts at schools across the
Strom's work as an author includes "The Book of Klezmer: The History, The Music, The Folklore" ( Chicago Review Press, 2002), a 400-page history with original photos and sheet music gathered by Strom during his sixty-plus ethnographic trips to Central and Eastern Europe. "A Wandering Feast: A Journey Through the Jewish Culture of Eastern Europe" written in collaboration with his wife, Elizabeth Schwartz, is part cookbook, part travelogue (Jossey-Bass, 2005). He is also the author of "The Absolutely Complete Klezmer Songbook" (URJ Press, 2006). His Young Adult books: "Uncertain Roads: Searching for the Gypsies" and "Quilted Landscapes: Immigrant Youth in