MY DEAR CHILDREN: REFLECTIONS ON THE LEGACY OF A FATHER GIVEN UP FOR ADOPTION
Judy Favish, retired Director of Institutional Planning, University of Cape Town
Nearly a century ago, Feiga Shamis, a Jewish mother of twelve children, sent two of her youngest to an orphanage in South Africa . For the rest of their lives the children spoke little of their past . My Dear Children, the first in-depth documentary about the tragedy of pogroms, follows the journey of Judy Favish as she seeks to understand Feiga’s decision to give up two children, one of whom became Judy’s father . Through Judy’s journey and a letter Feiga wrote to her children, the film explores the forgotten history of pogroms and the anti-Jewish massacres following World War I . The first lecture will consist of a screening of the film . In the second lecture Judy Favish will tell the story behind the letter and the film and reflect on the legacy of her father, Mannie Shamis.
Film showing: My Dear Children, produced and directed by LeeAnne Dance and Cliff Hackel
Reflections on the legacy of a father given up for adoption Judy Favish
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