NEW DOCUMENTARY PROJECT: My Mother

 

We are just now developing a new documentary, read the synposis and see the teaser:

MY MOTHER – SYNOPSIS

Regina 002 Kanada

My mother Regina Korinman in Canada 1926

 

Regina Korinman was born in Kurilowtse  in the Ukraine in 1902, at the time governed by the Russian Czar. She grew up in a strict orthodox Jewish family. In 1903 the progroms/massacres against the Jews were ordered by the Czar.

The Jews were blamed for the Russian defeat during the Russian-Japanese War. The progroms continued through her childhood.

In 1914 the Russian Army (some of the 1,5 million soldiers) went through her little town into World War I. The Jews were blamed for their defeat: New progroms.

During the Russian revolution and the Russian-Civil War 1918 – 22, her family fled 14 times. Her mother died while once fleeing in wintertime. In 1921 the whole family nearly died because of the great famine. (depicted on film by the Explorer and Nobel-Prize winner, Frithiof Nansen)

In 1923 Regina is smuggled across the Soviet border 1923 without a passport. She works as a woodcutter in a Jewish kibbutz in Romania.

With the help of the Jewish Socialist Organization, IKOR, she works her way through Europe. In Bukarest she is almost scalped by a spinning-machine in a weaving-mill. In Budapest she works in the canteen at the University of Budapest. Hidden and protected from the anti-semitic “white” students who are literally killing Jews at that time. In the Hamburg Quarantine Station she hardly gets through the health surveillance procedures: Too bad eyes.

She arrives in MontrealCanada 1926 and gets a tough job, known as the rag trade: in the vibrant “patchwork” of textile shops in downtown Montreal. The clothing manufacturers are exploiting workers, who are already in deplorable conditions. Female immigrants sweating in dimly lit factories, working up to 70 hours a week. She becomes a trade union organizer at a time when trade union organizers are killed by the Canadian police.

In 1931 she marries Bruno, who takes her to Denmark. He is a Danish Jew, middleclass, whom she has persuaded to enlist in the Communist Party. They both arrive in the middle of the deep Danish economical crisis, engaging in a harsh political struggle. During the World War II they both participate in the Danish Resistance Movement against the German Occupation.

During the same time she bears two babies, one of them, me:1,5 years old I am escaping with Bruno and Regina  in a fishing boat o Sweden: The famous rescue of the Danish Jews.

I grew up with a rather a-typical mother in Copenhagen (understatement), her odd and (to us children) not so understandable reactions to life and customs in Copenhagen are the starting points and kick off for this film.

 

BEHIND “MY MOTHER” STANDS THE FOLLOWING TEAM:

PHOTOGRAPHER:  Håkan Pienowski, even editor of the project,  Pieniowski, auteur, still photographer (two photo books),  with many national and International  awards:

Stora journalistpriset = most meritorious award for Swedish journalism 2000,

Prix Italia 2000 for the film  “I love you Natascha.”

Prix Ikaros 1995 and Prix Stendhal 1995 for the film ”The Wedding

Prix Egalia 1995, Prix Europa 2000 for the film “Muharems voyage“,

Winner of the Vera Filmfestival 2001: “I love you my child”,

Prix Ikaros 2005 “ Wandering in Obliviousness”,

Winner of the Vera Filmfestival 2012 “We who loved…”

Winner of The Estonian Peoples Award 2012 at Pärnu Filmfestival: ”We who loved ..”

Grand Prix for best film at ARTDOCFEST, Moscow: ”We who Loved..”

 

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR : Maj Wechselmann, read more under Films and Awards

 

See the “teaser” on You Tube

PLESAE NOTE: this is a low resolution copy adapted for WEB STREAMING ONLY, and it should not be compared with the high quality and resolution of the original material.