36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023

From Sudan to Argentina

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World Premiere

When the construction of the Aswan High Dam threatened to destroy the Ancient Egyptian monuments of Nubia in the 1960s, archaeologists from around the world came together to save these precious pieces of history. One of those heroic researchers was Dr. Abraham Rossenvasser, a self-taught Egyptologist from a small, poverty-stricken Jewish colony in Argentina. While Rossenvasser’s expedition rescued thousands of historical treasures from imminent destruction, his story is not often told. In From Sudan to Argentina, Charlottesville-based filmmaker Ricardo Preve rescues the legacy of this forgotten figure, and ensures his deeply impactful work can be celebrated. Told largely through the eyes of Rossenvasser’s daughter, Dr. Elsa Rosenvasser Feher, this documentary shines a well-deserved spotlight on the remarkable efforts of a man who committed himself to preserving crucial parts of history for generations to come.
Discussion with Director Ricardo Preve, moderated by Roxana Hadadi (Vulture)

This film is part of the Virginia Filmmaking Focus presented by Virginia Film Office.

This film is also part of the Jewish and Israeli Film Series presented by Congregation Beth Israel.


Thursday, November 3


6:00 PM


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Film Info

Director: Ricardo Preve

Runtime: 52 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2022

Country: Argentina, USA, Sudan

Language: Spanish, Arabic

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Elsa Rosenvasser Feher, Perla Fuscaldo, Maria Marta Reca, Silvia Ametrano, and Hatim Elnour