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Draw Back the Curtain

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"The Other Side of the Curtain" Exhibition
November 2014 through December, 2015

Curated by Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives, this exhibition explores the Richmond community's role in resettling the Jews from the Former Soviet Union. 

Reel Independent Film Extravaganza
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Northeast Neighborhood Library, Washington DC

Film Screening
August 20, 2015

Temple Adath Yeshurun, Syracuse NY

Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival
August 8, 2015  


WCVE PBS Richmond and WHTJ PBS Charlottesville 
June 25, 2015


Jewish American Heritage Month 
May 21, 2015

The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Richmond, Virginia hosted Draw Back the Curtain for a film screening and exhibition. In honor of the celebration the Richmond Jewish Federation curated an Operation Exodus exhibition to complement the resettlement stories and images. 

Roving Eye International Film Festival 
April 19, 2015

Draw Back the Curtain was selected to screen at the Roger Williams University Mary Tefft White Cultural Center in Bristol, Rhode Island.

"Draw Back the Curtain" Private Film Premiere
November 10, 2014

More than 500 attendees viewed the documentary and joined the film team for a reception at the University of Richmond Modlin Center for the Arts.

Jewish Family Services Annual Volunteer Recognition 
October 23, 2014

A presentation on the volunteer efforts throughout the resettlement in the 1990's and the over 8,500 volunteer hours contributed to its documentation in Draw Back the Curtain. The event also included a live Russian music performance and a panel discussion of resettlement employees, volunteers, and those who were resettled.

Weinstein Jewish Community Center Women's Club
September 30, 2014

A presentation on the three-year Draw Back the Curtain project, community collaboration, and student involvement. 

Cold War Politics, Civil Rights Rhetoric and the Soviet Jewish Resettlement Movement
June 12, 2014

A presentation at the "Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America" American Studies Conference at Brandeis University. The talk was given by Dr. Laura Browder, Tyler and Alice Haynes Professor of American Studies at the University of Richmond. Dr. Browder has been instrumental in the progression of Draw Back the Curtain as an adviser and script writer for the film. 

I, A New Being. (Re)inventing the American-Jewish Immigrant Story
February 27, 2014

A symposium featuring Joyce Antler, Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University. A panel discussion included Dr. David Brandenberger, Associate Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Richmond; Seva Izrailova, and Leo Vaynberg, both interviewed for Draw Back the Curtain.

Coming to America
February 16, 2014

A panel discussion on immigration at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center. Draw Back the Curtain presented a teaser-reel of interview clips that represented stories of immigration to Richmond from the former-Soviet Union. 

The American Dream, Right?
December 5, 2013 - April 22, 2014

An exhibition organized by University of Richmond Museums with students enrolled in the Seminar in Museum Studies of Fall 2013. The exhibition was presented at Lora Robins Gallery, the Weinstein International Center, and UR Downtown on Broad. It included artifacts from the former-Soviet Union, as well as stories of the multigenerational families that came and the community volunteers that welcomed them.

Vodka, Matzah, and Grits
November 11, 2013

A Brown Bag lunch and learn at the University of Richmond. The event discussed collaboration and partnership, student involvement in the greater Richmond community, and community based learning courses that worked with Draw Back the Curtain. The panel included Shir Bodner, Film Director; Sarah Nuttycombe, Film Editor; and Seva Izrailova, Interviewed for Draw Back the Curtain.

Association of University Women Presentation
March 12, 2013

A presentation on the former-Soviet community in Richmond and the documentation of the resettlement effort among the community.