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Release: July 12, 1999

Free screening of film 'Andre's Lives' is July 24 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Film and video director Brad Lichtenstein will introduce and discuss his award-winning 1999 film "Andre's Lives" at a screening at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 24 in Room 101 of the Becker Communications Studies Building on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The film screening is one of the public events associated with "Late Life: Representations, Perceptions, Possibilities," the UI Obermann Center's Summer Faculty Seminar, which runs
July 19-30.

The documentary, which premiered in January at the New York Jewish Film Festival and recently drew a sell-out audience of 600 in Atlanta, follows an elderly Jewish American, Andre Steiner, on his return to Europe, along with his sons, to retrace the path his life has taken.

Dubbed "the Jewish Schindler," the Bauhaus architect Steiner saved thousands of Slovak Jews during the Holocaust by bribing Nazis and designing work camps to keep Jews employed and safe from deportation. After World War II he rebuilt his life as a successful architect in America, choosing never to look back. At the age of 89, however, he returned to Europe with his sons and the filmmaker to grapple with his memories.

A unique story about family, memory and survival, "Andre's Lives" portrays the struggle across generations to understand the past and its meaning for the present. The black-and-white documentary lasts 55 minutes and was filmed on location in America and the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Lichtenstein is one of the featured artists in the upcoming exhibition, "The Times of Our Lives" at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.

The film is sponsored by the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Small Projects Funding in the International Studies Program, and the Institute for Cinema and Culture.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, call Lorna Olson at the Obermann Center at (319) 335-4034.