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This program features two films with a focus on family, art and the experience of the Holocaust.

Broken Branches, Animation, Documentary/ Animation, Documentary/ Dir: Ayala Sharot / 2014 / Israel / Hebrew w/ Eng ST/ 25 min

Broken Branches is an animated documentary about loss, family and hope. Michal Rechter was only 14 years old when, on the eve of the Second World War, she left her family in Poland and travelled to Israel, never to see her family again.  Now, at the age of 92, she tells her story to her granddaughter, the film’s director, who brings her grandmother’s memories to life in beautifully animated art.

The Art of Spiegelman Documentary/ Dir: Clara Kuperberg, Joëlle Oosterlinck/ 2010/ France/ English, French w/ Eng ST/ 43 min

A fascinating look at the visionary who took underground comics into the mainstream and won a Pulitzer for Maus.  Reflecting on childhood memories and his sometimes controversial work, Spiegelman is frank about the pleasures and difficulties of success, the depression that followed his new-found celebrity after the publication of Maus and his ongoing anxiety about when he will get his next idea.

“This film is a pleasure to watch.” Film Leaf

This program is made possible by the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission.

The Art of Spiegelman – Trailer from UK Jewish Film on Vimeo.


Festival Calendar


Portland Museum of Art

7 Congress Square,
Portland, ME


Sunday, March 10, 1:30pm


Animation, Documentary

Running Time

43 minutes


These two films are also being shown in Rockland at the Strand Theatre on March 17 at 3:00 PM

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Additional Showtimes

Sunday, March 17, 3:00pm (Strand Theater)