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Rick Meghiddo
Architect and a filmmaker of architecture documentaries.

From Ukraine to Basavilbaso

"Unbreakable," by Pazza Pennello and Argentinean Cows
Unbreakable by Pazza Pennello, Cows in Argentina

Over 50,000 Argentinean Jews live in Israel. Most are descendants of immigrants from the infamous Pale of Settlement, the “macro-ghetto” within the Russian Empire in which Jews were allowed to live. Some settled in the so-called Colonies of Baron Hirsch, around the same time of the Aliot Alef and Bet in Israel.

Fast forward over a century, the horrors created by Putin’s Russia in Ukraine enter our homes daily. They triggered in me two sets of questions:  1. How does Ukraine not shown on television look like? What is its history, its geography, its art? 2. What is the link between the centuries-long Jewish presence in Ukraine and the story of my family’s emigration from Ukraine to Argentina?

The short documentary embedded here, “From Ukraine to Basavilbaso,” is a story of migration from a land afflicted by anti-Semitism to a land that promised freedom and opportunity. It is a story shared by millions of people.

Since the staging of my family’s story was Ukraine and Argentina, I wanted to link their story with a hopeful present. In contrast to tragedies and hardships, I framed the main story with images of the ongoing war at the beginning and present-day artists at both ends. Through my research, I discovered Daria Marchenko, Pazza Pennello, the DakhaBrakha–Monakh band, and Stepan Ryabchenko from Ukraine, to name just a few artists. From Argentina, I brought in the legendary conceptual and performance artist Marta Minujín and also a segment of the Argentum performance at Teatro Colon during the G-20 meeting.

“From Ukraine to Basavilbaso” tells the story.

 

About the Author
Rick / Reuven Meghiddo is an architect and a filmmaker of architecture documentaries. His mission is to make the public aware of the importance and value of architectural design. To date, he has produced over one-hundred architecture documentaries. Many can be seen on www.archidocu.com and www.architectureawareness.com. As an architect, he practiced in Israel, California, and Italy. Born in Argentina, Rick studied at the Technion and married Ruth Meghiddo, an architect in Jerusalem. He has a Master of Architecture from UCLA and a Dottore in Architettura from the University of Rome. He is an LEED Accredited Professional and is licensed as an Architect and as a Real Estate Broker in California. He is also an accredited journalist.
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