Gabriela Böhm speaks on issues of identity and empathy. Her workshops and talks focus on matters raised in her films and are applicable to Jewish studies, women's studies, human rights issues, immigration, and religious studies. Gabriela has provided content on these issues to Synaplex member synagogues for their educational evenings. She was keynote speaker at the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies Conference (2009). In 2011, Gabriela discussed the genealogy of her Holocaust survivor parents ("Böhm-Katz Genealogy") at the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.
Most recently, Gabriela's presentations have also included information about her newest film, Raquel: a marked woman. She has screened The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America at more than 50 film festivals and special screenings, discussing the film and its issues in the US and abroad. Gabriela has also served as a juror for the San Diego Jewish Film Festival, International Documentary Awards, and Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza.
A Voice in the Darkness:
How the Story of a 20th Century Victim of Sex Trafficking Resonates Today (90 minutes)
- The workshop begins with the screening of the film "Raquel: a marked woman," after which Gabriela leads the audience in a lively discussion about issues raised in the film, including 20th century sex trafficking and the climate in Argentina that made it possible, and how one person can impact society.
This workshop is applicable to those interested in:
- Jewish Studies
- Women's Studies
- Human Rights Studies /Advocacy Groups
- Gender Studies
- Immigration Studies
- Religious Studies
The Longing to Belong:
Exploring Jewish Identity and Empathy (120 minutes)
After viewing the film, " The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America," Gabriela leads a discussion about complexities of Jewish identity in today's world. Experiential exercises will prompt participants to explore their personal, political, and spiritual perspectives of their own identity as Jews.