Virtual Film Screening: "Pur" (2012)

March 17–19, 2022
Online Screening 


Pur, dir. Anat Vovnoboy, 2012, 14 min.

The documentary short Pur uses archival footage to tell the story of Soviet Jews who pieced together information about their heritage during a time when all expression of Jewish culture was forbidden. The dissidents discovered the tradition of the Purim spiel, a satirical play based on the Book of Esther, and gathered together to stage the plays secretly in apartments. Through these underground productions, they expressed criticism of the Soviet government by drawing parallels between their plight and the story of the survival of Persian Jews despite the rule of a foolish king and his evil advisor.

Anat Vovnoboy is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and video artist from Israel. Pur was inspired by memories of the Purim spiels her parents brought her to as a child in Moscow. The film will be available to watch for free for 48 hours starting Thursday, March 17, at 5 p.m. through Saturday, March 19.