Oma and Bella

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Oma and Bella is an intimate glimpse into the world of Regina Karolinski (Oma), from Poland, and Bella Katz, from Lithuania – two stately octogenarian friends who now live together in Berlin. Having survived the Holocaust, the women remained in Germany after the war, and it’s through the delicious food they cook together that they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other and answer questions of heritage, memory and identity. “When you are cooking,” Bella says with teary eyes, “you remember home.” As the film follows them through their daily lives, a moving portrait emerges of two women with a light sense of humor (leading to much good-natured bantering), vivid stories, and a deep fondness for delicious food, which they prepare using traditional ingredients and techniques – and it’s all seasoned with plenty of kitchen philosophy and an irrepressible joie de vivre. Created by Oma’s granddaughter Alexa, and featuring some of the most unique and mouthwatering dishes ever seen on film, Oma and Bella captures the women’s ongoing struggle to retain a part of their past while remaining very much engaged in the present. (Dir. by Alexa Karolinski, 2012, Germany, 76 min., Not Rated) HD Digital