Mexican film maker Daniel Goldberg to visit URI
KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 7, 1999 -- The prize-winning
Mexican documentary film maker Daniel Goldberg will visit the University
of Rhode Island during the week of Jan. 24 to film Dr. David Gitlitz, a
URI professor of languages, and his wife, Dr. Linda Davidson, for several
sequences for his upcoming movie about the Hispanos and Latinos who descend
from secret Spanish and Portuguese Jews who went underground in colonial
times to escape the Inquisition.
During his visit, two screenings of Goldberg's
1995 film Un beso a esta tierra (A Kiss to This Land), which explores the
process by which Central European Jewish immigrants to Mexico in the 1920s
and 1930s, gradually transformed themselves into Mexicans will be shown.
The Jewish immigrants found the ebullient Latino
culture of Mexico at first strange, and alienating, but with time came to
adopt its language and culture, while struggling to retain their own ethnic
Although the film deals with a specific immigrant
group in a specific time and place, audiences around the world have recognized
in it a universal expression of the immigrant experience. The film brilliantly
explores the tension between immigrants their desire to assimilate
and hold on to the culture of their land of origin.
The film (in Spanish, with English subtitles) will
be shown at the following places and times:
Mon., Jan. 25: URI Kingston, Memorial Union, Atrium
1, 8:15 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 26: URI Providence, Paff Auditorium,
Goldberg will introduce the film in English, comment
briefly on it, andanswer audience questions. There is no charge. Refreshments
will be served.
Program access will be provided for persons with
disabilities. If you require special accommodations or have questions regarding
accessibility, please call 401-874-2285 (TDD/voice) 72 hours in advance.
Co-sponsors of this event are URI'S Honors Program
and Visiting Scholars Committee, Latin American Students Association, Hillel,
Multicultural Center, Feinstein College of Continuing Education, and Department
Gitlitz and Linda Davidson, a writer on medieval
life and an adjunct professor of Spanish at URI, have completed a cook book
featuring recipes of the Crypto-Jews gleaned from the Spanish inquisition
trials. They have gathered 85 recipes from testimony and after a lot of
research into proportions, ingredients, and spices, they have tested them
all in their Kingston kitchen. The book, "A Drizzle of Honey:
The Lives and Recipes of Spain's Secret Jews" is scheduled to be published
by St. Martins' in late February.
Questions or requests for interviews should be
directed to David Gitlitz (401-874-4695. Dgitlitz@uri.edu.).