Friday, May 17 at 7 pm:
Back To Democracy invites you to a free screening of Watermarks (2004; run time 80 mins.), the internationally acclaimed documentary film that inspired Ithaca's annual event Women Swimmin'.
Introducing the film will be Joan Brumberg of Women Swimmin', the hugely successful annual fundraiser for Hospicare of Tompkins County.*
The film documents a group of champion women swimmers from the Jewish Sports Club Hakoah Vienna as they reunite to tell their amazing stories 65 years after fleeing Austria to evade the Nazis. Now in their 80s, they return to the very pool where they had trained for Hakoah ---a sports club which was founded in 1909 after Austrian sports clubs refused to admit Jews. There, they reflect on the past. As young women, this group had gone on to win swimming championships all over Europe. The film is not only inspiring, but heart warming and very emotional. Bring your handkerchiefs. A community discussion will follow.
*The 10th Annual Women Swimmin' for Hospicare will be Sat., Aug 10 at the Ithaca Yacht Club. Registration for swimmers will open at 6 am on Mon., May 6, and will continue until a max of 350 swimmers is reached, or Sun., May 12 (whichever comes first). Details at womenswimmin.kintera.org