Helmers focus on bombing

Argentine attack the subject of 10-minute shorts

BUENOS AIRES — Ten years after a terrorist bomb destroyed a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, killing 86, a group of local helmers will make a collection of 10 short films about the tragedy.

Contributing to “18-J” (July 18) will be Carlos Sorin (“Minimal Stories”), Daniel Burman (“Lost Embrace”), Adrian Caetano, Alberto Lecchi, Alejandro Doria, Mauricio Wainrot, Juan Bautista Stagnaro, Lucia Cedron and Marcelo Schapces. Thesp-producer Adrian Suar will make his directing debut.

Domestic producers and the state-run National Film Institute (Incaa) are financing the project.

Terrorist attack was the worst in Argentina.

Caetano will look at the bombing, Lecchi at a family awaiting news of their son living near the center and Sorin at what became of the 300 survivors.

Segs will last 10 minutes. Filmmakers are aiming for a pre-release on July 18 in Buenos Aires before taking it to local theaters in August and then international film festivals.

“18-J” will be “more important than anything a historian can write,” said AMIA culture director Moshe Korin. “It will be more human and real, and we hope it will get people talking about the bombing so that it is never repeated again.”

The project follows similar efforts: In “September 11 (11’09’01)” 11 international filmmakers responded to the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Some 20 filmmakers in Spain are preparing “Madrid 11-M: Todos ibamos en ese tren” (Madrid 11-M: We Were All on That Train), a look at the terrorist bombings there.

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