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THE YIDISHE GAUCHOS


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The Yidishe Gauchos is a story of immigration and survival in a new world. It is a little known story of Jews escaping from Eastern Europe to the pampas of Argentina. At the end of the 19th century millions of Jews fled from persecution and Russian pogroms. Some dreamed of Palestine. Others came to the U.S. and became tailors and peddlers. In Argentina, with the help of the Jewish Colonization Association, thousands became ranchers and farmers. This meeting of Jew and Argentine cowboy created the Jewish Gaucho.

The program includes oral histories, rare archival footage (some never before publicly screened) and comments from Dr. Judith Laikin Elkin, President Latin American Jewish Studies Association and Dr. Haim Avni, Hebrew University Jerusalem).

English and Spanish language versions available.
Teacher's Discussion Guide

YEAR OF RELEASE
1990

RUNTIME
28 min

FILM CREDITS
Mark Freeman Producer, Directer, Writer and Editor
Eli Wallach Narrator


AWARDS & REVIEWS
"The Yidishe Gauchos is an absolute original....
A rare and unexpected glimpse of an unfamiliar
world." Leo Rosten ("The Joys of Yiddish")

"Flamboyant...startling" The Northern California Jewish Bulletin

"Poignant." The San Francisco Chronicle

"...spellbinding from start to finish." Jewish Week

"There's nothing like The Yidishe Gauchos...I enthusiastically recomment it." Deborah Kaufman, (Former) Director, The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

SCREENING AND BROADCAST
Jewish Museum of Maryland
Jewish Broadcasting Network
Shalom TV
National Educational Film & Video Festival -- GOLD APPLE
American Film and Video Festival -- RED RIBBON
Latin American Studies Association -- AWARD OF MERIT
International Hispanic Film Festival
KQED Jewish Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Margaret Mead Festival
Museum of Modern Art New York
Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Natural History
WTTW Image Union
**** Video Rating Guide for Libraries
Judah L. Magnes Museum -- traveling exhibition



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