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Hawkeye Community College to Host Screening, Filmmaker Discussion for Sons of Jacob Synagogue on April 21

posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in  College News

WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College will hold a screening of the documentary Sons of Jacob Synagogue and a discussion with filmmaker Francesca Soans on Friday, April 21, at 12:15 p.m. in Tama Hall on Hawkeye’s Main Campus, 1501 East Orange Road, Waterloo.

Sons of Jacob Synagogue is the first installment of a five-part documentary series, Waterloo: A History of Place, created by Soans, associate professor of digital media at the University of Northern Iowa, and Dr. Robert Neymeyer, historian for the Grout Museum District. It chronicles the small Jewish community in Waterloo founded by immigrants from Ukraine, Russia, and Germany, who chose to bypass the large cities of the coasts and settle in smaller cities and towns. The film documents their struggles and successes, weaving interviews, text, and striking imagery to trace the synagogue as a spiritual center and the connections between memory, identity, and place.

The documentary has garnered numerous awards, including six from the Iowa Motion Picture Association, the Walter Ordway Best of Fest award at the 2016 Oneota Film Festival in Decorah, and the 2014 Loren Horton Community History Award from the State Historical Society of Iowa.

This event is part of the ongoing Films on Fridays series, hosted by Hawkeye Arts and Culture. For more information on this and other arts and culture events, contact Jennifer Bates at 319-296-2320, ext.1211. 

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