Irmi (2020)

  • New York Jewish Film Festival
  • 1h 10m
  • USA

Closing Film

Join directors Susan Fanshel and Veronica Selver at Jan. 27 at 2pm ET for a free talk! Register here.

This documentary tells the inspiring life story of Irmi Selver, a Jewish refugee who escaped from her hometown of Chemnitz, Germany in the 1930s during the rise of Nazism. With her husband and two children, she boarded a ship which tragically sunk in the English Channel. When Irmi awoke, having been rescued by the British Navy, she found that she had lost her family. After a period of grieving, she said aloud to her friends, “I choose to live.” Irmi went on to marry twice and have more children, and eventually moved to (and fell in love with) New York City. Co-directed by the filmmakers Veronica Selver (Irmi’s daughter) and Susan Fanshel, Irmi combines photographs, archival footage, and interviews with a narration taken from Irmi’s memoirs and voiced by the legendary actress Hanna Schygulla.

The New York Jewish Film Festival continues through January 26! Get tickets. Closed captioning available for virtual screenings of Irmi.

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Susan Fanshel


Veronica Selver





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