The Beth Shir Shalom Temple in Santa Monica will present a screening of the award-winning short film “Porcelain Unicorn” in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20.
Grand prize winner of the Philips Cinema “Tell it Your Way” contest, “Porcelain Unicorn” tells of how a traumatic wartime encounter inspires a man later in his life. Keegan Wilcox, the movie’s director, and John Dixon, who composed the movie’s score, will be at the Shabbat celebration at Beth Shir Shalom, 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica.
The “Tell it Your Way” contest encouraged aspiring filmmakers to create an original three-minute film using as dialogue, the same six lines that were used in the Cannes Lions award-winning “Parallel Lines” short films.
Beth Shir Shalom Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels and renowned cellist and temple member Lynn Harrell, along with Wilcox and Dixon, collaborated on an original musical piece, which will be performed during the event.
Another highlight of the special Shabbat service will be a conversation with Holocaust survivors Alfred and Selma Benjamin.
“It is important that we remember and honor the lives of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust,” says Comess-Daniels. “A dialogue with the Benjamins will bring personal recollections and reflections to the evening.”
Refreshments will be served immediately following the Shabbat service. The event is open to the entire community.
Information, (310) 453-3361 or www.bethshirshalom.org.