The Center for the Study of Asia presents Rafting to Bombay – Irez Laufer’s moving film about his father’s return to his childhood home in India, where his family found refuge after escaping from Nazi-occupied Poland. The screening takes place as part of Boston’s South Asian Film Festival with sponsorship from the South Asian Arts Council and the Consul General of Israel in Boston. Introductions by Amit Dixit, South Asian Arts Council, and Abhisheka, Head of the Hindi-Urdu Language Program at Boston University.
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Time: 6 PM
Location: College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101.
“Arriving on a raft, they found themselves in a magical land of elephants and spices where they could live till the end of the war.” This was their experience in Mumbai sixty years ago, and yet whilst filming his father revisiting the city, Israeli director Erez Laufer finds himself caught up in the horrific terrorist attacks of 2008. As the drama of the takeover of Chabad House unfolds, the Laufer family are caught up in this terrifying incident and, in contrast, recount how they found refuge in the city in the 1940s after fleeing the Nazis. Past and present collide as the family history unfolds whilst contemporary terrorism plays itself out on the streets around them. Three generations: grandmother, son and grandson are united in the telling of one story from a child’s memory of a hopeful and romantic journey, to the mother’s horrific reality, and finally to the cruel collision of past and present.”