Mobile Jewish Film Festival: Chasing Portraits

Thursday, July 14 @ 2 pm

Join us at Mobile Museum of Art for the first installment in this year’s Mobile Jewish Film Festival organized by the Mobile Area Jewish Federation. On Thursday, July 14, join us for a screening of Elizabeth Rynecki’s Chasing Portraits. After the film, Director Rynecki will join us via Zoom for a Q&A. The screening is free, but please reserve a seat on MJFF’s website.

In addition, MMofA is hosting an exhibition commemorating Yom HaShoah 2022 featuring artworks about the Holocaust, including one by Miriam Shapiro. It will be on view in the Friedman gallery, before and after the film. Film attendees will be given free museum admission to view the exhibit.

About Chasing Portraits

Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943) was a prolific Warsaw-based artist who painted scenes of the Polish-Jewish community until he was murdered at Majdanek concentration camp. After the Holocaust, Moshe’s wife was only able to recover a small fraction of his work, but unbeknownst to the family, many other pieces survived. For more than a decade, his great-granddaughter Elizabeth has searched for the missing art, with remarkable and unexpected success.

Spanning three generations, Chasing Portraits is a deeply moving narrative of the richness of one man’s art, the devastation of war, and one woman’s unexpected path to healing. Chasing Portraits was an official selection to both the San Francisco and New York Jewish Film Festivals and has played at festivals worldwide.