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Short Film and Chicago Premiere: Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion | Torah Treasures and Curious Trash
Short Film and Chicago Premiere: Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion | Torah Treasures and Curious TrashSunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion
Audience Award Winner—Washington Jewish Film Festival
Glimpse Ireland through the eyes of a spirited seven year old, Hannah Cohen. Hannah can’t wait to make her Holy Communion, but there’s a problem — she’s Jewish! With beauty, brevity, and humor, this film explores the universal desire to fit in.
Torah Treasures and Curious Trash
Will forever change the way you see a trash can—Joshua Moore
Jo Milgrom is a learned 87-year-old artist who scavenges Jerusalem dumpsters, then combines the junk she finds with worn out ritual objects rescued from synagogues and funeral homes. Armed with a glue gun, she challenges the religious establishment by juxtaposing sacred and mundane, creating Jewish commentary with antique typewriters, computer parts, and broken glass.
Spertus Institute Curator of Collections Ionit Behar introduced the films and led a post-show discussion. Behar is a PhD Candidate in Art History at the University of Illinois, who regularly writes for print and online publications including ArtSlant and the Chicago Reader.
Jo Milgrom calls her work “visual midrash,” referencing the Jewish literary tradition of supplementing the biblical narrative with commentary, often in the form of colorful homilies. Traditional midrash was written from the third to twelfth centuries, but Milgrom believes there’s a need and a place for creative midrash today.