Holding Hands with Ilse

93 mins.
Directed by Abraham Ravett

Filmmaker Abraham Ravett joins us in person for a post-screening discussion with Magdalena Bermudez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Video at Hampshire College.

This screening is free to Amherst Cinema Members.

HOLDING HANDS WITH ILSE follows filmmaker Abraham Ravett's search for the German teenage girl who took care of him between 1948–1950 in Walbrzych, Poland, where he was born.

Knowing only her first name and circulating a small photograph taken in 1950 of the two of them, Ravett explores the urban landscapes of western Poland, and chronicles the journey involved in their unexpected reunion in Ibbenbüren, Germany.

Filmed in Poland, Germany and the USA.

Abraham Ravett is Professor of Film and Photography at Hampshire College. Ravett holds a B.F.A and M.F.A in filmmaking and photography and has been an independent filmmaker for the past thirty-five years. He was born in Poland and raised in Israel and the U.S.A. Mr. Ravett received grants for his work from the Massachusetts Cultural Council; National Foundation for Jewish Culture: Fund for Documentary Filmmaking; National Endowment for the Arts; The Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities; The Japan Foundation; The LEF Foundation; The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation; and a 1994 filmmaking fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

His films have been screened internationally, including at several one-person shows at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. His work has won “Top Prize” at the Viennale 2000, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Onion City Film/Video Festival. In 1999, he collaborated with dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones on his solo performance "The Breathing Show." A retrospective of Ravett's films was shown at the 2014 Festival Film Dokumenter Yogyakarta, Indonesia.