French Transnational Film Festival screening: Claude Lanzmann's Shoah: Four Sisters with Dr. Jennifer Cazenave in attendance

Goucher's French Transnational Film Festival continues with Shoah: Four Sisters, one of several films that Lanzmann completed late in his life, compiled of interviews that did not make it into his monumental 1977 work documenting the testimony of Holocaust survivors. Excerpts will be screened from this 273 minute documentary devoted to voicing the stories of four women from four different areas of Eastern Europe with four different destinies, each finding herself improbably alive after war’s end.

This special event features introductory remarks and a discussion to follow featuring Dr. Jennifer Cazenave, Assistant Professor of French and Film at Boston University. Her first book, An Archive of the Catastrophe: The Unused Footage of Claude Lanzmann’s “Shoah” (SUNY Press, 2019), undertakes a comprehensive examination of the 220 hours of outtakes Claude Lanzmann excluded from his 1985 Holocaust opus. Her articles on memory, trauma, and the Anthropocene have appeared in Memory StudiesJournal of Cinema and Media StudiesIdéAs—Idées d’Amérique, and several edited volumes.

Funded with a Tournées Film Festival Grant provided by the FACE Foundation

Additional funding provided by the Elizabeth B. and David Allan Robertson Lectureship Fund and the Frederick O. Musser Fund

Sponsored by the Center for Art and Media; the Center for the Study of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures; and the Judaic Studies Program


Thursday, February 27 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Kelley Lecture Hall
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204, USA

Event Type

Film/Media, Public


Academic, Communication and Media Studies, French, Judaic Studies




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