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American University and the Embassy of Bulgaria present a special screening of "The Optimists: The Story of the Rescue of Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust," with Her Excellency Elena Poptodorova, Bulgarian Ambassador to the United States, and the film's director, Jacky Comforty.
"The Optimists" tells the dramatic story of how Bulgarian Christians and Moslems saved Bulgaria's 50,000 Jews during the Holocaust. The film is presented in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the rescue.
Since its 2003 release "The Optimists" has been feted with numerous awards including: Co-Winner of the Peace Prize, Berlin International Film Festival; First Prize for "Documenting the Jewish Experience," Jerusalem International Film Festival; Winner, CINE Golden Eagle; and Best Documentary, Hope and Dreams Film Festival.
Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies, will moderate a post-film discussion and question and answer session with Ambassador Poptodorova and Mr. Comforty. The Embassy is sponsoring a reception with Bulgarian treats following the discussion.
See also: TheOptimists.com