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Back to Berlin

Das Kino Back to Berlin


Thursday 14th March 
8pm screening **NO TRAILERS**
The Old Baths Cafe,
80 Eastway, E9 5JH 



This contemplative documentary charts the journey of eleven Jewish bikers fro Tel-Aviv to Berlin, riding in commemoration of the 1931 team who travelled across Europe to find participants for the inaugural 1932 Maccabiah games, also known as the Jewish Olympics.


The 2015 team, made up of Holocaust survivors, their descendants and the grandson of a 1930s Maccabiah rider, make their way through nine European countries, covering 4,500Km in 24 days. The journey brings them into contact with severe heat and serious storms, but it is the emotional confluence of tragic personal and political histories that make this journey a truly challenging experience.


Directed by Catherine Lurie and narrated by Larry King, Back to Berlin highlights the tenuous political mood of nationalist groups. The significance is not lost on either the motorbike riders or the viewer as archival footage supports the connection between the present and the not-so-distant past in this timely, internationally-minded reflection on antisemitism in Europe.