Cinema J Presents: Persian Lessons

Cinema J Presents: Persian Lessons

April 27, 2022
7:00 PM

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RESCHEDULEDCinema J: Persian LessonsWednesday, April 27, 2022 I 7:00 PM I Bender JCC
Fee: $12
Narrative I Belarus, Germany, Russia I 2020 I 127 minutes I English Subtitles

Nazi-occupied France, 1942. Gilles, a young Belgian man is arrested by the SS alongside other Jews and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but then Gilles is assigned a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Farsi to the SS officer in charge of the camp’s kitchen who dreams of opening a restaurant in Persia once the war is over. In reality, Gilles doesn’t speak a word of Persian, and to save himself from certain death, he must fabricate an entire language, word by word, without raising suspicion. Persian Lessons is a hugely compelling, highly original Holocaust drama inspired by true events. It ends on a note that’s both gripping and heartfelt, making it one of the hidden gems of the year.

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