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Parents' origins and making a film about the Mendel Beilis case


Walking my grandmother to the synagogue
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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Grandparents, most of them had died by the time I had arrived, but there was both of my grandmothers. And my grandmother on my mother's side was quite Orthodox and so I was the one chosen to accompany her each Saturday to the Synagogue. And as we walked towards the Synagogue I remember having to pass the Catholic Church and she would spit on the sidewalk each time we walked by there. So I wasn't the first one in the family to experience anti-Semitism and I'm sure that there was a very compelling reason for both of my families to leave Eastern Europe.

Albert Maysles (1926-2015) known for his important documentaries on Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, pioneered the documentary style known as Direct Cinema. He helped create techniques still widely used in modern documentary production, as well as many of the techniques used in reality TV.

Listeners: Rebekah Maysles Tamara Tracz Sara Maysles

Rebekah Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is an artist living between New York and Philadelphia. She has her own line of clothing, Blackberryrose, and co-runs the store Sodafine in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, a vintage and handmade store that sells clothing, books and other products made by artists.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Sara Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is currently doing her BA in East Asian Studies at Columbia University, and working as an Archivist of the photographs and photographic material at Maysles Films Inc., Albert‚s film production company. She spent ten months out of two years working with Tibetan refugees at a center in Nepal, and continues to travel back and forth between America and Asia.

Tags: eastern-Europe

Duration: 56 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008