Press about Semyon Pinkhasov films

Best Screenplay Award - International Festival of Sport Films, Krasnogorski, Russia – 2009 - “What If? The Helene Mayer Story”

Official Selection – 18th Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Toronto, Canada - 2010 - “What If? The Helene Mayer Story”

Official Selection – 27th Milano International FICTS (Sports Movies & TV) Festival, Milan, Italy - 2009 - “What If? The Helene Mayer Story”

Official Selection – Santa Fe Film Festival, Santa Fe, USA – 2008 2009 - “What If? The Helene Mayer Story”

Official Selection - Festival de Cine de Granada – 2007 - “I am not Giordano Bruno”

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Leo Baeck Institute for the Study of the History and Culture of German-speaking Jewry

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
“The Helene Mayer Story”
Film Screening and Discussion
Leo Baeck Institute / YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Helene Mayer was a Olympic Gold Medalist fencer who represented Germany in the 1936Berlin summer games. Why would this German Jewish woman agree to bring honor to a country that had rejected her? Why would Germany want a Jew to be part of the German National Team?

This documentary by Semyon Pinkhasov examines the motives for the decisions on both sides. Pinkhasov will present the film and engage in a discussion afterwards with James Traub.

Mr. Pinkhasov is the former coach of the U.S. Olympic and Maccabiah fencing teams; Mr.Traub is a contributor to the New York Times Magazine, Foreign Affairs and others major publications.

During the discussion of What If? The Helene Mayer Story after screening at the Leo Baeck Institute