An evening with filmmaker Jeff Silva screening Ivan and Ivana
Redfern Arts Center - Putnam Theater
Jeff Daniel Silva is a filmmaker and artist based in Somerville, Massachusetts. His films and installations have been exhibited at festivals, galleries and in museums in the United States, South America, Canada, Europe and Australia; including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Jeff was an instructor at Harvard University from 2006-2009. He taught and helped develop the curriculum (along with Lucien Taylor) for The Sensory Ethnography Lab; a practice-based program of visual anthropology exploring the intersections of art, anthropology and documentary film. Currently, Jeff is a professor of film at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Ivan and Ivans. After surviving 78 days of NATO bombings in 1999, and attacks of ethnic hatred and rebuttals for the Milosovic government’s cruel treatment of Albanian citizens, Ivan and Ivana escaped Kosovo for America to restart and rebuild their lives.
But they could have never imagined that their quest for freedom, peace and prosperity would be fraught with such complexity, pain, and heartbreak.
Ivan and Ivana’s rapid success and prosperity exemplifies the possibility and promise that lures so many immigrants to the United States, but beyond the facade of beautiful homes and cars is a more complex reality of immigrant experience.
The film explores the attraction to and the ambivalence about the glitz and glamour associated with Hollywood’s depiction of the USA by juxtaposing the hardships, successes and the humorous escapades of this young immigrant couple.
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