17 June 2007

IAJGS conference: Matchmaker, matchmaker

Genealogy Film Festival coordinator Pamela Weisberger has organized an excellent line-up of films for the second annual GFF at this year's 27th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Salt Lake City, July 15-20.

The newest addition to the list of movies is "Match and Marry." Filmmakers Susannah Warlick and Michael Schwartz will introduce the film and take Q&A after the screenings at 4:45-6 p.m. July 17 and 10:30-11.30 a.m. July 18, in the seminar theater.

Did you ever wonder about the romantic life of your ancestors in Eastern Europe and their approach to marriage? Undoubtedly, they had little say in choosing their life partner, as matchmaking was the norm in the villages or shtetls where they were born. This film offers a fresh look into this ancient tradition, as the arduous task of matchmaking, dating back a thousand years, is explored and integrated into modern times.

Director Suzannah Warlick examines the philosophy of marriage and the roles of men and women within Orthodox communities in the 21st century. Filmed in Brooklyn and Manhattan, this documentary features the tales, anecdotes, and unexpected surprises of matchmaking, dating, and marriage in these tightly-knit worlds. Although the focus is on Jewish culture, the messages are universal.

For all details on the conference, including registration, click here. Don't miss out on this year's event!

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