Mountain MidLife News

Posted on: February 6th, 2018

Mountain MidLife Friends:
LAST CALL for Mountain MidLife Brunch and Optional Hike THIS Sunday, February 11!  See details in calendar listings below.

 It is also not too soon to sign up for Mountain MidLife Dinner & Games Night only two weeks away Friday, February 23! See details in calendar listings below.

 Sssshhhh!  It’s a Secret!  Jim Elder, our President of 5 years and Master Pancake Flipper of 7 years, turned 80 last week. His family is planning a surprise gift of a book of memories from his friends in the Nederland community. Please email your stories, photos, or comments to maggieharrismay@gmail.com or deliver them to our NAS office in person or mail them to us at NAS, P O Box 188, Nederland CO 80466 by Friday, February 9.

His family has also apprised us of an invitation-only (limited length guest list) party to celebrate Jim later this month and we would like to include friends his family hasn’t met yet! They asked us to determine who might like to be invited to it so they can be contacted. If you are fond of Jim and would like to be invited, please email us at NederlandAreaSeniors@gmail.com.

 We are so Lucky! Yea! We won Lucky’s Bags for Change, thanks to those of you who voted for us last month. Now, everyone can chip in. Please inform your friends (email, Facebook), especially those in Boulder, to please contribute to our nonprofit Nederland Area Seniors (host of Mountain MidLife) with their “wooden nickels” (bag credits, when they bring their own bag) at the checkout counter at Lucky’s Market NORTH at Broadway and Quince. We are only in this program from now until May 16, so we need to get the word out quickly asking Lucky’s shoppers for their help. We do not wish to divert any shoppers from our locally owned B&F Mountain Market, but if you tend to shop down below anyway, please take a moment to visit Lucky’s and donate your bag credit to us. Thank you!

 See other new events below!

 Invite a friend to a meal (lunches every Monday and Wednesday or monthly dinners or breakfasts/brunches) and offer to pick them up and drop them home afterwards. With a “requested contribution” of $5 (over age 60), we offer a fun and affordable get-together with friends. We need and appreciate your anonymous meal contributions, but please ensure people know that we welcome anyone over age 60 regardless of ability to pay.

All ages of adults are welcome at all events, attended mostly by folks over age 50.

Sign up for all Mountain MidLife events at 303-258-0799 or Meetup.com/Mountain-MidLife-Social-Group (posted within the next two days) or by replying to this email.

 Luncheon Program – TRU PACE

TRU PACE is a unique program of multiple levels of services available to help mountain seniors who need nursing-home-level care so they may age in place at home while benefiting from these services in Lafayette. They even come pick us up at home to take us to their center for everything from PT and medical to counseling, social, meals, and more. Learn about the variety of services they offer from speaker Leslie Mader at lunch Wednesday, February 7.

 Book Group

The Book Group will meet at a private home on second Thursdays; the next meeting is Thursday, February 8, 6:30pm, and the format is pot luck. Call us at 303-258-0799 for the location or other info.

February’s book is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

New X-C Ski Interest Group

  Join us once again – on a weekday this time – for classic cross-country skiing on the groomed trails at Eldora Mountain Resort. We will meet inside the Nordic center, just left of the downhill beginners’ slope, on Friday, February 9, at 10:00am. Single day trail passes on weekdays are $25 and $16 and equipment rentals are $27, or $22 over age 65. Our volunteer leader (not a certified ski instructor) can help beginners; otherwise please consider scheduling a lesson in advance with a professional instructor ($80) from Eldora Nordic Center prior to our outing. Plan to arrive early if requiring rental equipment.

  With varying skill levels in our group and snow/trail conditions being fickle, we will need to communicate prior to the event. Please call Gunda at 303-459-0412 with questions/reservations and indicate what type of cross country skiing you have done and your skill level so we can plan groups. This event presents inherent risk of injury and all participants must sign a liability waiver.

 Ancient Light at Fiske Planetarium

NOTE:  We have ordered 14 tickets for those who signed up by 2/5. We can order more (General Admission, so we can sit together) if they are available – please sign up and pay us by Wednesday, 2/7.

 A thousand years ago, the Ancestral Puebloans built a complex and extensive civilization in the mountains and deserts of the Southwest US. They left behind extraordinary art and architecture which reflect their intimate relationship with the land, the sun, the moon and stars. This project combines the scholarly, artistic and technological expertise of the University of Colorado, Boulder. The team includes astronomers and archaeologists who have made some of the most important discoveries in these regions and uses forefront technology to create high-resolution full-dome environments which will immerse our audiences in the stunning landscapes, archaeological sites and under starry skies. This one-hour educational experience led by Dr. Erica Ellingson will combine ancient knowledge and modern technology to explore the universal connection between humans and the skies.

We will attend this show on Friday, February 9 at 7pm. Cost is $10 Adult, $7 Over age 65. This show is popular and sells out. Please sign up (303-258-0799 or email or Meetup site) and submit payment to NAS as early as you can and no later than Monday, February 5. We can form carpools to depart Nederland Community Center at 5:45pm (call us for this option and specify either driving or needing a ride) or meet there as needed, as long as we arrive 30 minutes prior, as requested by the Fiske Planetarium.

Featured Event!  Social Sunday Brunch & Hike

Come join us for a relaxed social brunch and optional hike at the Nederland Community Center on Sunday, February 11. Doors open at 11:00am, with the meal served at 11:30am. Menu is at end of email. All ages of adults are welcome. Cost is only $8 under age 60 and $5 requested contribution from those over age 60. Please RSVP to 303-258-0799 or reply to this email or www.Meetup.com/Mountain-MidLife-Social-Group. An optional hike follows at 11:45am.

 *  Please VOLUNTEER to help at these events. If you enjoy cooking and would like to assist our friendly new chef Cher Rainbolt the evening prior or in the morning, please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you can help at the door with greeting/check-in and welcoming/orienting our newest guests, we really appreciate it. We need 2-3 people to handle this each time and need to know several days in advance that we have these positions covered.

 Cybersecurity

For those who missed our Mountain MidLife Dinner in November when we hosted the Boulder DA’s office to share tips on Cybersecurity – or for those hungry for more info from another perspective – we share with you the announcement from our Nederland Community Library about the following event on Tuesday, February 13:

Cyber Security for the Individual

Tuesday, February 13, 7:00 pm

Presented by Allen Gordon, Ph.D., CISSP

The internet is in a way like the wild west of 100 years ago. While there are laws, people still have to protect themselves against bad guys prowling the internet for victims. They are after people’s personal information so that they can steal, hold hostage, or simply create mischief. This presentation is for people who use devices such as computers, smart phones, smart TV’s etc., to access the internet. I will introduce some important concepts concerning cyber security and will present ways that all users can protect their information. Light refreshments will be served.

Valentine’s Luncheon

Join us for a special salmon lunch to share our love for all our friends on this special day, Wednesday, February 14. All age adults welcome. Menu is salmon, peas, new potatoes, mixed greens salad, and berries.

Over age 60 requested contribution $5. Under age 60 $8.25. Wear red if you’d like.

RSVP required by Monday, 2/12 to 303-258-0799.

The Gael CD Release Party

Celebrate The Gael’s CD Release at Very Nice Brewing Company in the shopping mall in Nederland on Thursday, February 15, 6:00pm-8:30pm. Dance a jig (or just drink a craft brew) to honor this local Irish band that always draws a nice crowd. The band is made up of local Mountain MidLife friends! Come show them a little love for them at this post-Valentine’s Day event!

New Snowshoe Interest Group

The BIGfoot Snowshoe hike tradition continues with our volunteer leader Gunda Starkey. These hikes meet on third Fridays at 10:00am at the lower east entrance of the Nederland Community Center to carpool to a nearby trailhead. Our second snowshoe hike of the season will be on Friday, February 16, 2018. If you have no snowshoes but would like to learn and participate, let us know. When we have too little snow, we can hike with YakTrax (or equivalent). Please call Gunda at 303-459-0412 with questions/reservations.

 Swing Dance to Live Big Band Music

Swing Dance to a live dance band at the Avalon Ballroom at 63rd and Arapahoe in Boulder on Saturday, February 17. Dance lesson 7pm-8pm included with the price of admission. Dancing 8-11pm. DJ dance music during intermissions. Light snacks provided. All ages welcome. No partner or dance experience required. Please wear non-marking shoes. Dress to express yourself. Casual is fine. Admission: $15 per person general; $10 students; $5 children accompanied by adult; volunteers free. Cash or check.

 Foot Care

 Local Registered Nurse Debbie Neal serves mountain older adults with toenail and skin care, review of foot concerns – Wednesday, February 21. By appointment, downtown Nederland, $30, sign up at 303-258-0799.

 Featured Event!  Mountain MidLife Dinner & Music

Relax after an hour of lively conversation with friends and immerse yourself in the beautiful music of classical piano. Local resident Paul Srein performs for us after the Mountain MidLife Dinner on Friday, February 23 – 5:00pm doors open for social, 5:30pm meal served. Please reserve as far in advance as possible at Meetup.com/Mountain-MidLife-Social-Group, by replying to this email, or by phone at 303-258-0799.  If you have special dietary needs not already registered with us, please inform us several days in advance. $10 Adults under age 60 or $5 requested contribution over age 60.

 *  Please VOLUNTEER to help at these events. If you enjoy cooking and would like to assist our friendly new chef Cher Rainbolt in the afternoon, please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you can help at the door with greeting/check-in and welcoming/orienting our newest guests, we really appreciate it. We need 3-4 people to handle this each time and need to know several days in advance that we have these positions covered.

Boulder International Film Festival – Free Tix

We appreciate the kind donation made to us each year by the organizers of the Boulder International Film Festival. Their committee selects films they think may be of interest to us and offers us a few free tickets to several screenings. These tickets are intended for those who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend the films and priority will be given first to lower income older adults. However, we encourage everyone interested in any of the films for which we receive tickets to step up and express interest, because if no one else claims them, we will still want to ensure the tickets are put to good use. Sign up with us now for the free tickets you can commit to for the weekend of February 23-25 to catch a few inspiring films! The roster/description of selected films is attached to this email. Reply now to this email or call 303-258-0799 by Monday, 2/19, to list which films you would like to request and we’ll let you know if you won the tickets later that week…

Degas at Denver Art Museum

 Degas: A Passion for Perfection will showcase prolific French artist Edgar Degas’ works from 1855 to 1906 – more than 100 paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, and sculptures in bronze. The exhibition will focus on the most prominent and recurring themes throughout Degas’ 60-year career. These include his interest in learning from the art of the past and from that of his contemporaries, a lifelong fascination with the nude, a passion for horses, and his strong interest in opera and dance.

We will enjoy the luxury of a private group bus round trip from Nederland to Denver to tour the Degas exhibit on Thursday, March 1. We meet at 8:45am for a prompt 9:00am departure from the Nederland Community Center and return by 3pm. Bring money for lunch at Mad Greens on the DAM plaza. Tickets to the Degas are time-reserved and must be purchased in advance. The DAM is the sole American venue for this exhibition and some time slots are already sold out. Thanks to some generous donors, we offer $5 per person off of the ticket price of $24, and your $19 includes the free bus transportation. Please submit your reservations as soon as possible via phone, email, or Meetup and mail or deliver a check payable to NAS (P O Box 188, Nederland CO 80466) to be received no later than Monday, February 19.

Wake Up Your Life

 A local friend alerted us to a program for Seniors and MidLifers that will meet Thursdays, March 8 through May 10, 10:30am-Noon in Boulder. The group meets to investigate how to make the most of every precious day in our MidLife or Senior years and explore the path of self-discovery and engagement with what it means to wakefully evolve into our Senior selves. Cost is $250 for the 10-session series. Contact Reva Tift, MA, for further information at 303-444-0152, revatift@gmail.com, www.AHCDGuidnce.com.

FDGD Pancake Breakfast

 We are ramping up for our biggest food event of the year. Please volunteer now to help with our pancake breakfast from 8am to 11am on both Saturday and Sunday of the big Frozen Dead Guy Days celebration, March 10 & 11. We serve hundreds of locals and tourists at this fundraiser for NAS, our nonprofit sponsor organization. Please help us get the word out – locals tend to eat early Saturday or anytime Sunday to avoid the busy rush and we invite every one of our MidLife friends to either sign up to help or at least show up to eat!

Everybody’s Table

On Thursday, March 15, 9am-Noon, the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging hosts a free speaker and resource fair at the Jewish Community Center at 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder. Named Everybody’s Table, this event features good nutrition for seniors – and the people who love them. Dr. Coco Dughi from the Boulder Medical Center presents “The Power of Diet and Lifestyle in Healthy Aging” and the resource fair includes demonstrations featuring food, meal, and nutrition services in Boulder County. Continental Breakfast provided. Everybody is welcome to the Table – Seniors, MidLifers, Family Caregivers… RSVP by February 28 to https://everybodystable.eventbrite.com or contact 303-441-4995 for more information.

St Patrick’s Day with The Gael

Everybody’s Irish on St. Pat’s Day! Kick off your celebration on St. Pat‘s Eve here in Nederland with local Irish band The Gael at Very Nice Brewing Company in the shopping mall on Friday, March 16, 6:00pm-8:30pm. Dance a jig and drink a craft brew with friends. The band is made up of local Mountain MidLife friends and is a fabulous local choice for our St. Pat’s celebration!

Open-Caption Films at Monday Matinees

Our friendly Backdoor Theatre crew at the Nederland Community Center has added a special matinee showing every Monday at 1:30pm of the prior weekend’s film. Please help spread the word to friends whose jobs or busy schedules prevents them from attending movies on Friday and Saturday evenings. The matinee includes “open captioning”, which shows the words at the bottom of the screen. This is most helpful to those of us who stopped attending movies because we have trouble understanding what the actors are saying. Enjoy this new, enhanced feature and show your support to the BDT so they can continue to offer this new service!

New Opportunity!  Create Our Events

 Our new board is reconfiguring some of the ways our organization can operate most effectively. We invite all of the folks who have enjoyed an event or outing in the past few years—or would like to in the future—to help us sustain our vibrant activity levels. Your input about what specific outings you would like our organization to plan and a small amount of your energy to help make them happen for everyone is needed. We are reducing hours for our tiny overburdened staff and need YOU, our friends we love to get together with, to help keep our group lively. If we don’t step up to make them happen, our wonderful array of activities and outings could become a distant memory. Let’s get together regularly to plan all the fun times we can share! Please call us at 303-258-0799to volunteer with our fun programs and activities planning group.

Other Events of Interest

 Plan an outing or interest group and we can post it at Meetup. Email details to Serene at serenekarplus (at) gmail.com. Adults of all ages are welcome at all events.

 WEEKLY CALENDAR

 Lunch at Nederland Community Center — RSVP 2 days ahead

   Every Monday & Wednesday, Noon

Mtn MidLife Breakfast/Brunch, Nederland Community Center —RSVP one week ahead if possible

   Second Sat Odd # Mos, 8:30am/9:00am

   Second Sun Even # Months, 11:00am/11:30am

Mtn MidLife Dinner at Nederland Community Center —RSVP one week ahead if possible

   Fourth Fridays, 5:00pm/5:30pm

Exercise at St. Rita’s Catholic Church; free

   Every Monday & Wednesday, 10:30am

Pickleball at Nederland Community Center; Ned CC fees

   Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 10:00am

Writing Skills at Ned Community Library; free

   Every 1st and 3rd Monday, 1:00pm

Writing Life Stories at Ned Community Library; free

   Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 1:00pm

NedKnits at Ned Community Library; free

   Second Thursdays, 1:00-3:00pm, Ned Comm Library

BIGfoot Memorial Snowshoe/Hike Meet at Nederland Community Center; free

   Every 3rd Friday, 10:00am, Call NAS to Confirm

February Menu

 Please RSVP two days ahead for lunches, a week ahead for breakfasts and dinners to 303-258-0799.

 M    2/5   Pulled Pork, Macaroni/Cheese, WW Roll, Cole Slaw, Apple/Berry

W    2/7   Meatloaf, Beets, Baked Potato, Almond Pear

Su   2/11  Spinach/Tomato Quiche, Meat/Cheese/Bread Platter, Mixed Greens Salad, Berry Parfait

M    2/12  Red Beans/Rice w Turkey Sausage, Collard Greens, Corn Bread, Fruit/Nut Salad 

W    2/14  (Valentine’s Day—wear red) Salmon, Peas, Potato, Mixed Greens Salad, Mixed Berries

M    2/19  Chicken Fajita, WW Tortilla / Spanish Rice, Lettuce/Tomato/Guacamole, Banana

W    2/21  Roasted Vegetable Pizza, Mixed Greens Salad, Pineapple

Fr    2/23  Chicken Tika Masala, Spinach Saag, Basmati Rice, Cucumber/Tomato/Onion Chopped Salad, Mango/Tropical Fruit Dessert

M    2/26  Cashew Curry Turkey Salad on Romaine, Whole Wheat Roll, Carrot Salad, Peaches

W    2/28  Tuna Noodle Casserole w Peas/Celery, Cole Slaw, Fruit Salad

 

We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

Serene Karplus

serenekarplus@gmail.com
303-258-0799

Boulder International Film Festival 2018

Film Tickets for Nederland Area Seniors

Welcome to BIFF 2018! The organizers of the Boulder International Film Festival are generously donating to our mountain seniors free tickets to selected independent films at the festival February 22-25. Please see the following information to understand how the free tickets will work.

General Information

  • BIFF will provide the Nederland Area Seniors with four free tickets to each of the films listed below. Their intention is to provide the tickets to low-income seniors and seniors with limited access to quality independent films.
  • We need to ensure that all tickets are used, so we encourage all participants in NAS or Mountain MidLife programs to request tickets of interest from NAS by Friday, 2/16 (303-258-0799 or NederlandAreaSeniors@gmail.com). Please double check your calendar to ensure you are available to attend the chosen films and list your requests in order of priority, in case we can provide tickets to only one or two of your selected films.
  • Tickets in high demand will be allotted first to lower income persons over the age of 60, then to others if not claimed by this group, possibly by lottery.
  • Tickets are printed late, about a week or so before the festival and will need to be retrieved from the Nederland Community Center after Wednesday, 2/21.
  • You must bring the film tickets with you to give to the ticket collector as you enter the theater and wait in line with all general admission attendees.  Line and venue managers will be aware that seniors will be at these showings and that some may need extra help.
  • Please plan to get to the theater at least 30 minutes before the show to ensure a good seat.  
  • Parking can be a problem, so please use the “N” bus or carpool and allow plenty of time to find parking. The HOP should be free for ticket holders and will take people to all venues.
  • Visit www.biff1.com to find the entire program, including the map showing venues and parking garages. Please note that several music/food events are accessible free to ticket holders. The printed program should be available after February 7.

 

Selected Films

Friday, February 23, 2018

  1. Bending the Arc

         First Presbyterian Church, Friday, February 23, 10:00am

Feature Documentary, 2017, 102 min.

This stunning documentary chronicles a team of young people—Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim and Ophelia Dahl– whose charitable medical work 30 years ago during a tuberculosis epidemic in Haiti ignited a worldwide healthcare movement. Their idea was to deliver basic healthcare to those with no access to medical help by training ordinary Haitian villagers as healthcare workers. The team turned the epidemic around and cured almost all of their patients. But there were obstacles: The World Bank, the medical establishment, dysfunctional governments and the poverty of their patients. As they won over allies, including President George W. Bush, and through governmental contributions, their good work expanded to fighting the AIDS epidemic in Africa, and the Ebola virus in Rwanda. They took their fight from the village to the world stage to ensure that healthcare is a right for all, and that poverty should not determine whether a person should live or die.

  1. My Enemy, My Brother

         First Presbyterian Church, Friday, February 23, 12:15 PM

         Canada Feature Documentary, 2017, 88 min. – Subtitled

At 13 years old, Zahed ran away from home to become one of 100,000 child soldiers for the Iran military during the Iran-Iraq War. Najah, a soldier for Iraq, was captured and spent 17 years in a prison camp in Iran. The two former enemies meet 20 years later in Vancouver at a counseling class and, over time, become friends. They decide to go back to the Middle East, Najah to find his wife and child, and Zahard to visit his sick father. That’s how this heroic true adventure begins. You will be gripping your set to the end.

  1. 3. Liyana

         First Presbyterian Church, Friday, February 23, 2:30 PM

         Swaziland/USA/Qatar, Feature Documentary Animation Hybrid, 2017, 77 min

This beautiful film is a celebration of collective storytelling. Under the gentle eye of the great African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, five African orphans write the screenplay for an animated feature film using their own darkest memories and brightest dreams as raw material. While the script is written, it is also sketched and beautifully animated as the children brainstorm obstacles and triumphs faced by their fictional heroine, Liyana, as she journeys through unknown lands with her beloved bull while desperately searching for her kidnapped brothers. As the real and imagined worlds begin to converge, the children must choose what kind of story they will tell—in fiction and in their own lives.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

  1. Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy

         Boulder High School, Saturday, February 24, 10:00 AM

         UK/Germany, Feature Documentary, 2017, 92 min – Subtitled

What if a tree falls in the forest and there’s no videographer around? Andy Goldsworthy’s art creations are all made in nature, subject to the whims of weather, and last anywhere from just a few seconds to several years. Each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. Goldsworthy struck gold a few years ago when he teamed up with famed filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer to produce the huge art house hit Rivers and Tides featuring much of Goldsworthy’s work. A lushly visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s art and Riedelsheimer’s exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world.

  1. Andre: The Voice of Wine

         First Presbyterian Church, Saturday, February 24, 12:15 PM

         USA/Russia/UK, Feature Documentary, 2017, 98 min

Andre Tchelistcheff first caught the world’s attention in 1976, when a blind tasting competition held by a panel of France’s most glorified oenophiles produced a shocking result: Two California wines—a 1973 Chardonnay and a 1972 Cabernet, both made using Andre’s methods—were named the best white and red wines in the world. The French were duly shocked, and Time magazine covered the story. A Russian immigrant, Andre arrived in Napa Valley in 1938 and began teaching the few local vintners how to grow world-class grapes scientifically. Today, there are more than 600 wineries in the valley, and Andre’s epic story is being told by his descendant, Mark Tchelistcheff, with the help of Hollywood stars who discovered the great Napa wines long ago, including Francis Ford Coppola, who built his own wine empire on Andre’s science of wine.

  1. Love Means Zero

         Boulder High School, Saturday, February 24, 2:30 PM

         USA, Feature Documentary, 2017, 89 min

At 86, famed tennis coach Nick Bollettieri is a living legend. At his academy in Florida, he raised a generation of champions. Courier. Seles. Agassi. And many more. No other coach has matched his success, his dominance or his fame. His greatness, though, came at a price. Eight marriages, financial upheaval, and a dramatic break with his surrogate son and cherished student, Andre Agassi. This film tells the story of the celebrated yet controversial coach and explores the cost of his all-consuming drive for greatness. The film premieres on Showtime later this year.

  1. 7. Soufra

         First Presbyterian Church, Saturday, February 24, 5:00 PM

         Singapore/USA/Lebanon Feature Documentary, 2017, 73 min

Soufra follows the unlikely and highly inspirational story of entrepreneur Mariam Shaar, a third-generation refugee who spent her entire life in the huge Burj El Barajneh camp in Lebanon. The film follows Shaar as she sets out to launch a catering company, “Soufra” (Arab for feast), then works to expand it into a food truck business with the help of Kickstarter. Shaar is breaking barriers, pulling together Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese women from the camp, each with delicious recipes from home, to work side by side and form beautiful friendships while running the thriving business. There are many nervous and exciting firsts for these women—a first visit to a farmer’s market, a first movie in a theater (The Chef), first driving lessons, first professional cooking lessons—and their excitement builds throughout the two years covered in this film. With this documentary, Shaar has become a hero to women across the Arab world.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

  1. Lunafest Shorts

         Boulder High School, Sunday, February 25, 10:00 AM

         USA, Canada, 2016/2017, 84 min

Nine wonderful short films, ranging from 2 to 19 minutes that tell the stories of young girls and grown women with experiences in the United States and far beyond. Some are comedies while others are heart wrenching first-person accounts of difficult happenings in difficult times.

  1. Bye Bye Germany

         First Presbyterian Church, Sunday, February 25, 3:00 PM

         Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium, Feature Narrative, 2017, 102 min. – Subtitled

Based on the author’s own, often funny, family history of Jews left behind in Germany after the war, this film is full of Yiddish-isms. It features David Bermann, a dapper, smooth-talking former trader, fresh from the camps who is soon training a crack team of fellow camp survivors as door-to-door salesmen of “fine French bed linens.” Because Germany’s retail networks have been destroyed, German widows scoop up the linens, and the motley sales force becomes quite successful. (All they want is to get the hell out of Germany.) But could Bermann have collaborated with the Nazis? The smart and attractive US officer Sara Simon conducts the secret interrogations. She wants to get to the heart of Bermann’s wartime memories, but his quick wit and wild tales are a challenge for Simon’s prosecutorial patience.

  1. Ayla: The Daughter of War

         Boulder High School, Sunday, February 25, 7:30 PM

         Turkey, Feature Narrative, 2017, 124 min. – Subtitled

Turkey’s submission for the 2018 Oscars

On a cold night in Korea in 1950, Sgt. Suleyman stumbles upon an orphaned five-year-old girl who was the only survivor of a raid on her village. The terrified, barely alive child melts Suleyman’s heart and he risks everything to carry her back to his army base and out of harm’s way. With no common language, Suleyman names her Ayla, after the bright moon that shone on the horrific frozen battlefield the night he found her. The two become inseparable, and Ayla effortlessly brings joy and laughter to the entire Turkish military base in the midst of the Korean War. When the war comes to an end, the sergeant is forced to give up Ayla to an orphanage, but vows that they will be together again someday. Will they find each other so many years later? Based on a true story.