Persian Lessons

Sunday, April 24, 2022, 3:00PM

Thalian Center for the Performing Arts 
310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC

Vadim Perelman


German with English subtitles

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Film Sponsor: 
Howard Stein

Occupied France, 1942. Gilles is arrested by SS soldiers alongside other Jews and sent to a camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids sudden execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but Gilles gets assigned a life-or-death mission: to teach Farsi to Head of Camp Koch, who dreams of opening a restaurant in Iran once the war is over. Through an ingenious trick, Gilles manages to survive by inventing words of “Farsi” every day and teaching them to Koch. The particular relationship between the two men sparks the jealousy of other prisoners and SS guards towards Gilles. And while the suspicions of Koch grow every day, Gilles understands that he will not be able to keep his secret very long…

After the film, the afternoon will continue in the Thalian Hall Ballroom where we will have a Happy “Half” Hour and a Q & A with our invited guest speaker Bob Bahr, award winning reporter and producer, who will make remarks about his interview with the director, Vadim Perelman, for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

Happy Hour Sponsor: Deb & Martin Meyerson