Anna’s Dance: A Balkan Odyssey

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July 21, 2013

Amer­i­can anti­semitism has scarred twen­ty-three-year-old Anna and her par­ents in var­i­ous ways. Her par­ents have cut their ties with Judaism, while Anna craves con­nec­tion but fears the label Jew.’ As Amer­i­ca erupts in civ­il unrest dur­ing spring 1968, Anna plans a student’s West­ern Euro­pean sum­mer with a friend. When chance dis­rupts her vaca­tion, she embarks on a dan­ger­ous jour­ney through East­ern Europe and into the heart of the Balka­ns. Steeped in Yugoslav his­to­ry, she vis­its sites of trag­ic eth­nic suf­fer­ing. But more impor­tant­ly, she meets both Jews and non-Jew­ish minori­ties repressed by their regimes. Through these expe­ri­ences, and a deep bond with a Mace­don­ian sep­a­ratist that opens her to love but puts her in dan­ger, she under­goes a spir­i­tu­al awak­en­ing and proud­ly embraces her Jew­ish identity.

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