Kapo (1959, 117 min) by Gillo Pontecorvo, Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
Part of the Contradictions: Screening/Workshop – with Bob Devine and Chris Hill
In this film about survival in a Nazi concentration camp, Pontecorvo focuses on “kapos,” those prisoners who, as wardens, had the role of keeping their fellow prisoners in order, thereby saving their own lives. Susan Strasberg received international awards for her lead role as a young Jewish woman in this film, described as “a philosophical examination of the impossible choice between survival and dehumanization on the one hand, and altruism and self-sacrifice on the other.” The film is notable for being one of the earliest post-war to depict life inside the camps. Pontecorvo, an Italian Jew, joined the Italian Communist Party in 1941, and was a leader of the underground Resistance in Milan from 1943-45.
* Place: Nonstop Institute
* Cost: Pay-as-you-can