Feb 19, 2013

oma & bella

just watched an amazing film full of love, passion and love of life. Oma & Bella is a documentary by Alexa Karolinski, who dedicated her movie to her grandmother (which means Oma in German) and her friend and flatmate Bella.

Oma & Bella is an intimate glimpse into the world of Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz, two friends who live together in Berlin. Having survived the Holocaust and then stayed in Germany after the war, it is the food they cook together that they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other and answer questions of heritage, memory and identity. As the film follows them through their daily lives, a portrait emerges of two women with a light sense of humor, vivid stories, and a deep fondness for good food. Created by Oma's granddaughter Alexa, the film captures their ongoing struggle to retain a part of their past while remaining very much engaged in the present.

You can view a trailer with English subtitles or read more about the film or find out about their cookbook - it has lovely illustrations.

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